Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Remove historic site from plan, says expert

A PROFESSOR wants Highlands Farm to be struck off the list of sites for development as part of the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan.

Richard Fortey, an emeritus research associate at the Natural History Museum who lives in Henley, says developing the site would lead to the “potential destruction” of Palaeolithic remains.

Highlands Farm has been earmarked for 190 new homes under the draft plan.

Prof Fortey has written to Bruno Favel, who is on the Council of Europe’s steering committee for culture heritage and landscape.

He said that Highlands Farm should be made available for future research, adding: “I shall be bringing the potential destruction of this important site to the attention of my colleague, Prof Christopher Stringer, who is leading a major scientific research programme which has already revolutionised our understanding of prehistory in western Europe.”

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