§ Mr. Allan Roberts
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will take steps to strengthen planning powers of local councils to ensure that Britain's archaeological heritage is protected and rescued when planning permissions are granted to developers.
§ Mr. Moynihan
No. I see no need to increase the powers of local planning authorities, which are already able to take into consideration the effect of a proposed 107W development upon an ancient monument and its setting, and to impose appropriate conditions. Development affecting scheduled monuments also requires the consent of the Secretary of State, as well as planning permission.