Rescue register our objection to a planning application in London Borough of Hounslow

Rescue have written to register our objection to a planning application for the erection of school buildings at Brent Lea Recreation Ground, Isleworth. It is clear that this application for temporary school buildings also seeks to establish the principle of change of use and development on the site, with a series of school buildings outlined to …

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The election – Rescue says

RESCUE says: In January 2015 RESCUE wrote to the major political parties asking for their views on a range of issues pertaining to archaeology and the historic environment. We wrote again at the time of the publication of the party manifestos repeating our questions. To date, three days before the election, we have had only …

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Westminster City Council approve demolition in The Strand

In the latest planning disaster to strike at our heritage, Westminster City Council, or to be more precise, 4 individuals appointed to make decisions on behalf of Westminster City Council, have voted 3:1 to allow Kings College, Westminster London to demolish a historic row of buildings in one of the city’s most famous streets, the …

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Ask your local candidates about archaeology and the historic environment

RESCUE is a member of the Heritage Alliance, an umbrella body representing over one hundred heritage organisations with a combined membership of over 6.3 million people (http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/). As part of the election campaign, the Heritage Alliance has drafted a letter, available on their website (http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/take-action) which can be sent to local candidates to focus their …

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Rescue Says: A303 Stonehenge DCO granted – A sad day for our archaeological heritage

On 12 November 2020 Transport Secretary Grant Shapps granted a Development Consent Order for the Stonehenge Expressway and Tunnel scheme across the World Heritage Site (WHS). His decision flies in the face of the Examining Authority’s (ExA) recommendation for refusal. The five Planning Inspectors found that“The effect of the Proposed Development on the OUV of …

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RESCUE response to the consultation on the Planning for the Future White Paper

Rescue have responded to the consultation on the Planning for the Future White Paper. RESCUE members recognise that there is an urgent need for new housing and that such housing needs to be affordable to the many who are now excluded from the housing market and that it must address the critical issue of climate …

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Rescue respond to proposed changes to the current planning system

The Government are currently consulting on a series of wide ranging changes to the Planning System. Key amongst these will be the Planning White Paper, which Rescue will be responding to in detail. Our response below concerns proposed changes to permission in principle: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-the-current-planning-system Read our response below:

Rescue’s AGM 2020 and Open Meeting: The Future of Digitisation

The Rescue 2020 AGM and Open Meeting went virtual, via Zoom. It was very well attended, and the open meeting was a great success. The theme was “Digging Into The Future of Digitisation: what does this mean for Archaeology?” Brendon Wilkins (Dig Ventures) and Dr Chiara Bonacchi (University of Stirling) presented thought-provoking perspectives on the …

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Rescue Says: a government fixated on simplification of planning law is not good for our future environment

The government has produced a White Paper for England on planning “Planning for the Future August 2020” from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) which can be downloaded from https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future and is open for consultation until 29 October. The core proposals, which relate to local plans, ways of managing the planning system …

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Rescue says: Stonehenge scheme decision delayed again, surely time to give up?

The Transport Secretary has delayed his decision on the A303 Stonehenge Scheme until 13 November to seek the views of interested parties on the major new find around Durrington Walls.   Highways England’s immediate response was as follows: “This find is in the north east corner of the World Heritage Site, well outside the scheme …

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Rescue Says: Build, Build, Build – but what about the consequences?

Boris Johnson has today announced a range of proposed measures aimed at shocking the British Economy back into life following the COVID-19 crisis and Brexit uncertainty. These include a repeated commitment to reform the planning system. Amongst specific measures mentioned in the official press release (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-build-build-build) are previously-announced proposals to extend permitted development rights and …

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RESCUE’s response to Historic England’s Local Authority Strategic Framework Consultation

Historic England have recently consulted on their Local Authority Strategic Framework Consultation. This framework is intended to prioritise the partnership work they undertake with local authorities, which underpins the heritage management system in England. Overall, we believe the stated objectives, activities and outcomes include some valuable points but with a rather heavy emphasis on passive …

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Rescue says: Coronavirus – What about the archaeology?

Public health and personal safety are paramount: Archaeological site work should not be continuing whilst the current national coronavirus protection measures are in place. It is not an essential service and the travel involved is not necessary. As at late March 2020 Government guidance says one should only go to work outside one’s home if …

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