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UK Government launch heritage preservation campaign

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CBA welcomes UK Government's heritage preservation campaign

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) welcomes the UK Government’s new heritage preservation initiative, which will allocate £700k of funding to protect heritage assets across ten English counties.

This builds on previous initiatives and supports the further development of ‘local lists’ of heritage assets which are given additional protection through the planning system. An expansion of the existing network of local heritage champions is also to be welcomed.

Under the scheme, every local authority in England will be challenged to draw up lists of “heritage assets”, nominated by local people based on what is important to them. Historic England will support with a campaign to get the country talking about local identity and heritage.

The CBA will work with its members to encourage them to engage with the new opportunities, although we are disappointed that the initiative is restricted to historic buildings and does not apparently include other archaeological sites.

We will encourage the UK Government to take a more holistic view of the historic environment and include all heritage sites of “significant historical and cultural value”. This would be fully in line with existing Historic England guidance on non-designated heritage assets which are ‘buildings, monuments, sites, places, areas or landscapes identified by local planning authorities as having a degree of significance meriting consideration in planning decisions but which are not formally designated’

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