Dartmoor Preservation Association
Friends of Dartmoor
We have just had news from the Devon Archaeological Society of a Winter lecture course that may be of special interest to members.
THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF INDUSTRY ON DARTMOOR FROM MEDIEVAL TIMES TO THE 20TH CENTURY
Tutor: Dr Tom Greeves
Plymouth Athenaeum: Friday mornings, 10.15 – 12.15, starting January 9th.
Dartmoor is renowned internationally for its remarkable field archaeology. Its resources of stone, metallic minerals (tin, copper, iron, lead), china clay, charcoal, peat and water have been ‘exploited’ for hundreds of years, and all have left a rich archaeological legacy. This course will explore what evidence survives. Topics will include Stonecutting and Quarrying; Tin-working to 1750; Peat and Charcoal; China clay; Tin-working after 1750; Miscellaneous (Powder Mills, Iceworks etc.).
Students will learn to recognise essential elements, within an historical context, and the field trips will provide an opportunity to test and refine skills acquired .
The course will consist of six 2-hour lecture sessions, each with a tea/coffee break in the middle and plenty of opportunity for discussion, plus 2 fieldtrips. There will be no essays to write, nor exams to take, but students will be encouraged to read around the subject.
For full details please see the DAS website
With Christmas approaching fast don't miss out on this year's beautiful, Dartmoor inspired, Christmas cards from the DPA. They come in mixed packs of 8 - 4 of each image - for £5.00 a pack. This includes postage and packing for them to be delivered to you.
To order your cards send a cheque, made payable to" DPA", for the correct amount to: DPA, Old Duchy Hotel, Princetown, Yelverton, Devon. PL20 6QF, with a note of your name, address and how many cards you would like. We can take credit card payment over the phone, but the office is not manned full-time. Mondays and Wednesdays are the best days to catch someone in.
Earlier this year the Government consulted on introducing changes to Section 106 planning agreements, proposing a threshold of ten units, below which planning authorities would not be able to require that developments contained an "affordable" component. As most housing developments in the National Parks tend to be small infill sites, the imposition of a threshold would seriously jeopardise the provision of sustainable affordable housing to meet local needs.
Over the last week, this issue has received a lot of attention. First, England's ten National parks wrote a joint letter to Communities Secretary of State, Eric Pickles, asking the Government to exempt National Parks from the proposed Section 106 changes.
On the same day, Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes, raised the issue in a House of Commons debate, asking the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for CLG whether he was aware that introducing a threshold "could halve the ability of the authority for the national park that I represent, Dartmoor, to deliver affordable housing, including social housing?" In response, Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West stated: "Yes, I and my ministerial colleagues certainly are aware of the special concerns about providing affordable homes in national parks. That is why, in the consultation, we have proposed a different threshold for national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty from that for urban areas." In reality, of course, any threshold would undermine the provision of affordable housing in the National Parks.
The issue was raised again when Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning attended the Council meeting of the Campaign for National Parks on 13th November. After talking to the Council about the importance of the National Parks, he took a number of questions, including one on the proposed Section 106 threshold. In replying, Mr. Lewis confirmed that he understood the issue, was still considering it and intended to respond before Christmas.
The weather forecast for tomorrow is for rain all day so the planned workday has been cancelled as it is on a very exposed site. We hope to re-arrange it soon.