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CBA and CIfA Response to Planning White Paper

Speak up for Archaeology

CBA & CIfA joint initial response to ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper

Last week UK Government published its Planning for the Future white paper which sets out a radical proposal to overhaul the “sluggish” planning system in England.

The White Paper promises a huge amount; plentiful, affordable housing for key workers and young people, delivered in the places where it is needed, new jobs, and economic recovery, all while raising environmental standards and local democracy.

The only clear aims, however, are to improve the speed of decision making and provide certainty to developers over what they can build and where. The White Paper calls provisions of the current system which prevent this ‘red tape’.

On Friday Council for British Archaeology & Chartered Institute for Archaeologists issues joint initial response to ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper

Whilst we fully support effective planning to achieve sustainable development and wish to ensure that archaeologists contribute to the timely delivery of high-quality homes and infrastructure. We reject the idea that deregulation is an effective route to better, or even more plentiful development, for which there is almost no evidence.

We are therefore extremely sceptical about the ability of the Government’s proposals to deliver on its core goals and we are seeking clarifications to ensure that archaeology and the historic environment is not damaged by these new approaches to planning.


How you can help?

We need you to speak up for archaeology and actively get involved in this debate. You can read our full joint statement with CIfA or on the CIFA website and you can help by writing to your own MP to ask that archaeology is protected in the planning process.

You can find a toolkit on how to write to your MP on our website here.

We have released a blog which explains why we must not abandon the proven successful relationship that has been established between planning and archaeology.

We need to Speak Up for Archaeology – we need your help and support to do this and make our voice heard.

Full statement (164.9K, .PDF)
Full statement

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