John Wood wrote:
> Remember that any decision on planning conditions or
> agreements will be made by a planning officer, after looking
> at all the issues. He or she may be under considerable
> pressure and may choose to take or ignore the advice of the
> authority's archaeological advisor. If that advice is
> rejected, the local authority archaeologist has to accept
> the planning officer's decision.
And in some cases the final decisions on any application are made by local
area Committees, made up of councillors. These can choose to ignore
recommendations from the officers (such as the authority's archaeologist or
planners) - and the case will only be referred back to the central committee
if it goes against overall Council policy. As Chris Cumberpatch pointed out
PPG's, and NPPGs in Scotland, are Policy Guidelines, nothing more.
> If a local authority is actively promoting a development, or
> if it is afraid to oppose it because of potential legal
> costs, the archaeologist will get told in no uncertain terms
> to keep quiet and to toe the official line.
However, we recently had no qualms about putting evaluation and then
excavation conditions on one of our own Council's developments, nor on
backing the contractor's request for two extensions because of the quality
of archaeology uncovered.
Once planning permission is granted, that's pretty much it. If you tried to
get a site scheduled, or a building listed, after permission was granted,
then the authority would be liable to compensate the developer.
Planning and Environment (Archaeology)
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