We have made clear that planning conditions play a crucial role in UK heritage protection and while we take note of numerous government statements that archaeology is not a target of the new proposals, we detail our concerns that changes might nevertheless have unforeseen consequences.
Pre-commencement conditions in particular, and the early engagement that they entail, are crucial not only to avoid irreversible harm to heritage assets and their significance but also to provide advance clarity about archaeological requirements which might otherwise affect the viability of development and avoid unexpected discoveries which are likely to involve additional costs and delay.
FAME and its partners will continue to press the government for reassurances that heritage protection and sustainable development will not undermined.
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