Building conservation staff have been especially hard-hit in local authortiyy budget cuts, according to a recent survey by English Heritage and the IHBC.
Vincent Haines, the Society's Urban Design Topic Forum Convenor, told Planning magazine "conservation has alas been seen as a luxury, creating a tempation for councils to shed specialist staff."
Vincent Haines, the POS key adviser on Urban Design
"Whilst there are excellelnt examples of joint working practice amongst authorities to deliver specilist advice the number of dedicated qualified conservation staff is dwindling all too fast" commented John Silvester, Society Spokesperson.
John Silvester, POS Spokesperson
POS has suggested:
Additional resources could also be released if the requirement to advertise LBC applications is removed, currently Wiltshire Council spend £150,000 pa on press notices - this could pay for three conservation staff.