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Historic Scotland announce new Head of Development Assessment Team

13 March 2009

Historic Scotland has appointed Barbara Cummins to lead it’s Development Assessment Team which advises on Development Planning, Strategic Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Assessments.

She joins after 12 years at the City of Edinburgh Council where most recently she oversaw the Listed Buildings and a Major Projects Teams.  Barbara is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and recently gained an MBA from Edinburgh University.

Historic Scotland Chief Inspector Malcolm Cooper said: “I am delighted that Barbara has joined us at a time when development planning is set to take a  lead in the delivery of a modernised planning system.”

Barbara said: “An integrated approach to environmental assessment, both at the strategic level of policies and plans and for development proposals, can ensure more effective decision making that protects the historic environment.  This is a particularly exciting period to be involved in this important work”

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