Peter Coe

From plastic drain pipes and satellite dishes to coastal flooding : archaeological heritage within standing buildings

Why do people in England not comply with the Legislative and Regulatory Framework for the Protection of Archaeological heritage in Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas.

Despite more than a hundred and fifty years of stringent legislation to preserve and conserve archaeological sites and buildings, the UK has continued to lose archaeological heritage‚ÄĖ; Loss which often happens without anyone being aware of what is foregone. Every few days, the media detail planning examples that indicate a lack of compliance with the legislative and regulatory framework for conservation of archaeological heritage within buildings. Indeed across the English landscape of archaeological sites and buildings, it is possible to see lack of compliance almost everywhere. Moreover entering and working on any site or building of known or potential archaeological heritage means facing a compromise between, the Health and Safety at Work Act, Building Regulations, Fire Regulations, the Offices and Shops Act, Insurance specifications/ conditions and the wealth of Local Authority and National legislation and Regulation on listed buildings, conservation areas, areas of Outstanding National Beauty, World Heritage Sites Etc.

This research explores the present position, in England, of compliance to the national and local Legislative and Regulatory framework for archaeological heritage in standing buildings. After a consideration of the English and European Legislative and Regulatory Framework, human motivation theory and the methodology used in this research, there will be an exploration of several case studies which demonstrate many of the issues that the research exposes. This research responds to both the House of Lords and European appeals to identify why people who own or work in English standing structures which are listed or in conservation areas, do not comply with legislation. An understanding of the lack of compliance with the present Planning Policy Framework and Regulations for repair and development of buildings which are listed or in conservation areas might also assist in the questions now asked about sustainability of Heritage during a period of significant climate change.


 Educational background

  • BA Mediaeval History York 1970
  • AHSM 1978
  • MA Archaeology, UCL 2009

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