Stonehenge

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 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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Stonehenge latest: Have your say by registering on the Infrastructure Planning Inspectorate by the 11th January 2019

Highways England’s application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the A303 Stonehenge scheme has been accepted by the Infrastructure Planning Inspectorate. All 300+ of the application documents are up on the Inspectorate’s website (at https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/south-west/a303-stonehenge/) which also explains the DCO Examination process. Click on a button on their Home page for email updates on …

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Highways England’s A303 Stonehenge consultation 2018 response from RESCUE

Latest news: Highways England’s consultation on its preferred route is still open – until 23 April 2018.  Highways England plans to submit an application for a Design Consent Order for the project in late September 2018. Rescue has responded to Highway’s England’s statutory consultation on proposed upgrades to the A303 at Stonehenge. Together with the Stonehenge Alliance, …

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Rescue says: Our World Heritage Sites need more protection!

The 41st Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee met in Krakow, 2– 12th July 2017. Deliberations included receipt of reports and making decisions on World Heritage Sites (WHSs) and the designation of new Sites.  For reports and decisions, including advice to States Party, see: http://whc.unesco.org/archive/2017/whc17-41com-18-en.pdf. The newly-designated English Lake District, a National Park, is safeguarded …

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Stonehenge Alliance statement on UNESCO judgement on Stonehenge tunnel

On 6 July, in Krakow, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee agreed that the benefits a 2.9km tunnel would bring to the centre of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS) cannot be offset against the damage it would cause to other parts of the WHS, and would have an impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of Stonehenge. …

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Highways England’s consultation on the A303 at Stonehenge response from RESCUE

Latest news: Highways England’s consultation is now closed. There will be a preferred route announcement in summer 2017 and further consultation on that scheme in late 2017. Update: 21 leading Stonehenge archaeologists and academics have responded to the consultation, emphasising the damage a short tunnel option would do. Read it here. Other responses, from key organizations, …

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Rescue react to short tunnel option at Stonehenge

STONEHENGE ALERT! Highways England has announced a 7-week consultation on widening the A303 with a single 2.9km (1.8mile) tunnel option for the World Heritage Sites (WHS). The consultation documents can be seen here: https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/cip/a303-stonehenge/, and include maps, videos and a questionnaire for public feedback. An easy-to-use standard response letter can be accessed at http://stonehengealliance.org.uk/act-now/write-to-highways-england/. We urge …

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Election 2015: Rescue asks all political parties their views on heritage

Rescue have written to MPs and politicians across the spectrum on behalf of our members to gauge where each party stands on issues key to the future of heritage protection in Britain. Key issues, as we have continually highlighted include the protection of local heritage planning advisory services and Historic Environment Records, local and regional museums, the …

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