Statistics for protected rock art by year and name of protective instruments for England
Myra Giesen made this Freedom of Information request to Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England
Dear Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England,
I would like to make a request under the freedom of information (FOI) act for a dataset in spreadsheet or csv form detailing each identified panel/single motif of rock art (e.g., cup(s); cups and rings or grooves, groove-marked, carved or incised rock, or rock scribing or carving) that has any form of protection in England, the name of the protective instrument (e.g., statute, framework, policy), and the year the rock art was first protected by the said instrument.
I currently am aware of the following protective instruments in England; please let me know if others exist that would protect rock art regardless of whether any rock art is currently being protected by them.
1. Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990
2. The National Planning Policy Framework
I would prefer to receive this information electronically.
If one part of this request can be answered sooner than others, please send that information first followed by any subsequent data. If FOI requests of a similar nature already exist, then could you please include your responses to those requests.
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I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Dear Ms Giesen,
Re: Information Request – Statistics for protected rock art by year and
name of protective instruments for England
Thank you for your email on 22 May in which you requested the following
I would like to make a request under the freedom of information (FOI) act
for a dataset in spreadsheet or csv form detailing each identified
panel/single motif of rock art (e.g., cup(s); cups and rings or grooves,
groove-marked, carved or incised rock, or rock scribing or carving) that
has any form of protection in England, the name of the protective
instrument (e.g., statute, framework, policy), and the year the rock art
was first protected by the said instrument.
I currently am aware of the following protective instruments in England;
please let me know if others exist that would protect rock art regardless
of whether any rock art is currently being protected by them.
1. Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 2. The
National Planning Policy Framework
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Dear Ms Giesen,
Thank you for your email dated 22 May in which you have requested a
dataset in spreadsheet form detailing each identified panel/ single motif
or rock art, cups and rings or grooves, groove marked, carved or incised
rock or rock scribing or carving that has any form of protection in
England, the name of the protective instrument and the year the rock art
was first protected. Your request has been processed under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).
I can confirm that Historic England holds information that falls within
the scope of your request and under the EIR I am pleased to attach a
spreadsheet detailing the information held.
In regards to the protective instruments in place- the Ancient Monuments
and Archaeological Areas Act of 1979 defines scheduled monuments, though
there was an Ancient Monuments Protection Act in 1882 which is why two of
the sites listed on the spreadsheet have a first scheduled in 1882
(Stonehenge and Long Meg and her Daughters). Further to this, any rock art
panel (designated or non-designated) is potentially protected by the NPPF
and Local Plan policies as part of the wider protection offered to
heritage assets through the planning system.
Finally, I can confirm that Historic England has not received any requests
of a similar nature.
I hope that the information I have been able to provide it useful to you.
Details of our review procedure are attached.
Mrs Frances Gibbons
Senior Information Rights Officer- Tues, Wed, Thurs
Information and Records Management
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