The modifications to the Neighbourhood Plan which have been proposed in order to satisfy the concerns of English Heritage can be seen here.
With 12 pages of closely-typed amendments to 33 pages of the original plan, describing these as minor modifications does seem to be stretching the language a bit.
The first modification says “All sites allocated for development have been assessed initially through the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment 2011 conducted by Swale Borough Council, and the Strategic Environmental Assessment [date] prepared for the plan by Swale Borough Council.” This is a little mystifying, since no Strategic Environment Assessment has ever been seen, despite repeated requests for it – if it exists – to be made public.
An accompanying email says “Without prejudice to comments that Historic England might wish to make on individual development proposals that may come forward under the Neighbourhood Plan, I am happy to confirm that subject to the modifications being accepted the revised Neighbourhood Plan would address the concerns raised in our response to the consultation on the submission version of the plan dated 18th December 2014. As such, we would be happy to confirm that within the areas of interest to Historic England the plan would meet the basic conditions and would receive the support of Historic England.”
It should be noted that this does not necessarily mean that the plan would meet the basic conditions in any other respect.