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IfA defends archaeology in Sandwell

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council appears to consider that it does not require specialist archaeological advice. IfA has written to explain a planning authority’s responsibilities under PPS5 (and the draft National Planning Policy Framework) and to point out the risks of Judicial Review or investigation by the Local Authority Ombudsman of ill-informed decision-making about the historic environment. This is another example where an authority appears unaware of its responsibilities, which supports the long-held belief of IfA and The Archaeology Forum that planning policy documents alone do not provide insufficiently clear or high-profile explanations of a local authority’s duties. On which more next week…

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