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EH's historic review

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English Heritage is set to unveil what it trailed this week as a 'hardhitting'series of proposals for the future of the historic environment, which may include an entreaty to government to cut planning red tape. The conservation agency was commissioned to lead the 'Historic Environment Review' by the government earlier this year. It will report on 14 December, when EHchairman Sir Neil Cossons hands over the proposals to culture minister Alan Howarth and housing, planning and construction minister Nick Raynsford at an event in London's King's Cross.

The report will tell ministers that now is 'a once in a generation opportunity to build a new approach to the historic environment to benefit all of society and the economy at large'.

Matters under discussion will include whether or not there are too many planning regulations, whether the listing system works, and the role historic buildings play in tourism and education.

The government will make its statement on heritage policy next March.

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