The deadline for submitting responses to the NPPF consultation is 17 October 2011
As previously reported the IfA has a number of serious concerns about the current wording of the draft, which we think would result in a weakening of protection for the historic environment, and could lead to sites and buildings of archaeological interest being destroyed without adequate investigation, analysis and dissemination. Improvements we are seeking include
• greater recognition of the positive role played by the historic environment and the public benefits that it brings
• strong policies placing the management and protection of the historic environment at the heart of ‘sustainable development’ rather than subordinate to it
• clearer policies, in particular, dealing with neighbourhood planning and with undesignated heritage assets and minor harm to designated assets
• greater clarity as to the need for expert advice and the role of accredited experts acting in accordance with professional standards
A full version of our response can be downloaded here and we would encourage as many of you as possible to submit responses.