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IfA expresses alarm at draft Scottish Planning Policy

IfA has expressed grave concerns to Scottish Government about the new draft SPP, which shifts the emphasis firmly towards economic growth, potentially at the expense of sustainability - including archaeology and the historic environment. In addition to answering the consultation questions, Tim Howard has provided detailed recommendations to redress the balance.

Read the full response here

IfA submission on New Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMS)

IfA has written to Defra expressing its concerns about priorities in the New Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMS), which could lead to the downgrading or abandonment of historic environment objectives in future agri-environment provision. Read the full letter here

IfA response to consultation on the draft Scottish Historic Environment Data strategy

IfA has responded to the consultation on the draft Scottish Historic Environment Data strategy, calling for a clear commitment to IfA Standards and accreditation and recognition to the desirability of placing local authority HER services on a statutory footing. Read the full response here

IfA writes to Maria Miller about funding for English Heritage

IfA has written to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport about its concerns following news of DCMS settlement with Treasury in the 2015-16 Comprehensive Spending Review.

Read IfA’s letter to Maria Miller

Progress with Royal Charter

We are pleased to inform members that IfA has been invited to proceed to the next stage in the process of applying for a Royal Charter of Incorporation by submitting a formal Petition to the Privy Council.

In order for us to submit this application, Council will be taking a formal resolution to the 2013 AGM in October asking members to vote on the proposed Petition and revised proposed charter and by-laws. These will be prepared by our legal advisors and released on the website following the August Council meeting for members to read and consider.

IfA Conference 2014; call for sessions

We are delighted to announce our Annual conference and training event for 2014. The conference will take place in Glasgow from Wednesday 9 April through to Friday 11 April 2014. We will be based at the Marriott Hotel within Glasgow city centre, close to local amenities and transport links.

IfA makes Private Eye…

It’s not the first time IfA have been mentioned in the Private Eye, but the latest edition (Issue 1337, 18 April) has given about 3 inches of copy to the recent decisions regarding IfA salary minima and the absolute requirement of IfA Registered Organisations to meet them. The article is a supportive one, and though some of the points on policy are misleading, it is interesting to see some joining up of the dots with regards to the current challenges facing heritage professionals.

IfA response on the Review of Planning Practice Guidance

IfA has responded to DCLG on the Review of Planning Practice Guidance led by Lord Taylor of Goss Moor. The review proposed a reduction in the volume of current planning guidance to create a streamlined suite of guidance to support the National Planning Policy Framework. IfA supports this in principle and has made representations on what Government guidance there should be on heritage and archaeology.

IfA and salary recommendations 2013-2014

Report on decisions of IfA Council, 30/01/2013

Council has reaffirmed IfA’s vital role in improving and maintaining standards of archaeological work, and in enhancing the status of archaeologists.

Trains and boats and drains: Infrastructure and the Historic Environment LAG Conference

Saturday 23 February 2013, 10am-4.45pm

The Gallery, Alan Baxter & Assocs. 75, Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL

London has been the focus of both Government and private enterprise spending on Infrastructure for a number of years, and this looks set to continue. In this Conference we want to explore how the Historic Environment has fared in these works, to what extent has it been seen as an `asset’, or possibly a hindrance, and how has its protection been managed, particularly in sometimes complex project management structures?

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