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IfA response to media reports regarding Fenland District Council

IfA is aware of a recent article on reporting the planned relaxation of planning regulations, particularly in relation to the historic environment, by Fenland District Council in order to encourage new development. Alleged comments regarding the proposed abandonment of archaeological survey are particularly concerning and IfA will be contacting the Council to ascertain the facts of the matter and to seek reassurance that existing historic environment planning policy and legislation will continue to be upheld. IfA believes that significant public benefits can be gained from archaeology and is working to realise the aspirations of PPS5 through the recommendations of the Southport Report – a copy of which will be shared with the Council.

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building, University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446