Archaeologists have condemned a Tory council leader’s threat to dismantle all archaeological controls on development, saying that the regulations are necessary to protect the UK’s unique national heritage.
Alan Melton, leader of Fenland District Council, dismissed opponents of development as “bunny huggers” in a speech last week. Archaeologists fear his views reflect a national threat to all heritage protection as a result of the government’s determination to simplify the planning process to encourage development.
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