AB Heritage Speak at the Royal Town Planning Institute
Nearly 150 delegates attended a conference in mid-September organised by the Royal Town Planning Institute’s South West Region at Gloucester Rugby, on the topic ‘Planning and Heritage’. The event covered a broad spectrum of current issues where the statutory planning systems interacts with conservation, ranging from the National Planning Policy Framework and key legal judgements to the practical aspects of conserving historic cities and towns – both above and below ground.
AB Heritage’s Daniel Dodds and Zoe Edwards provided a commercial archaeologist’s insight into how to minimise archaeological project risk as part of greenfield and brownfield developments. They drew on recent project case studies and some typical challenges to illustrate how these could be resolved as part of successful project delivery.
Summarising the day, Phil Bisatt, Chair of RTPI SW, commended the excellent work being done around the South West by planners, building heritage professionals and archaeologists in recording, interpreting and conserving our built inheritance.
Daniel, who manages AB Heritage’s North Office, based in Newcastle said, ‘The RTPI Southwest Conference in Gloucester was superb. The speakers provided a wide range of viewpoints from which to understand Heritage in Planning. The RTPI and Gloucester Rugby Club produced a top notch event with first class facilities. AB Heritage is proud to have been involved.’
AB Heritage is a professional consultancy that can help developers manage archaeology from the provision of the earliest planning assessments, through to the design and management of mitigation works on site. Their message is simple and clear – talk to your heritage consultant as early as you can in the process of planning and designing your scheme – early consultation can save time and money in the long term.