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The CBA and English Heritage have been conducting a pilot study on how public consultation might form part of the decision making process for planning applications that affect scheduled monuments. (It doesn’t happen at present as such applications don’t fall within the normal planning system). That would be welcome. But this…

One particular aspect that the CBA is keen to explore further is the degree to which greater public benefit can be identified and encouraged as a specific element in applications, so that there are more opportunities for involvement in archaeological evaluation or recording and presentation on site of conservation work in progress…

...doesn’t sound like the central need – public participation in decisions – so it is to be hoped above all else that (subject to resource and confidentiality issues being resolved) there will be scope for CBA or other national amenity societies to make meaningful comments on appropriate proposals at an early stage. If the “greater public benefit” that is identified leads to “more opportunities for involvement in archaeological evaluation or recording and presentation on site of conservation work in progress” the implication is that the work would be going ahead. The greatest public benefit would be the capacity, occasionally, to play a part in ensuring it doesn’t. Counting potsherds at Thornborough isn’t the truly significant way in which public participation could be granted. The public having had the chance to say “no way” during the decision making would have been much better!

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