THE RT. HON. SIR ALAN HASELHURST, M.P. Member of Parliament for Saffron Walden
A. Corder-Birch, Esq. DL, Rustlings, Howe Drive, Halstead, Essex CO9 2QL
House of Commons
8th August, 2016
Thank you for your letter of 5' August which you sent to me in your capacity as President of the Essex Society for Archaeology and History.
I naturally note your concerns and I will pay attention to try to ensure that archaeological investigation is not put at risk. I would only make the point at this juncture that with regard to planning, it is notoriously difficult for legislation to provide in all circumstances a clear dividing line between what is and is not permissible. This is because so much in the end depends on judgement in particular circumstances. Words such as "necessary" and "excessive" are not absolutes. Experience teaches that with all planning conditions, independent inspectors can sometimes come to sharply contrasting conclusions about what might seem to be similar situations.
I trust that in the course of the Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill we will not contrive to make matters more difficult in the balance between regard for the past and the needs of the future.
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