Archaeology in the planning process

Archaeology, and its place within the planning and development process, can appear quite confusing at first. We have put together this short guide to help explain the stages involved and some of the terms you may come across for anyone new to the subject. Click on the links for more information on definitions and our services.
Archaeology in the planning and development process
Archaeology has been an integral part of the planning and development process since the introduction of Planning Policy Guidance Note 16 (PPG16) in 1990, which confirmed archaeology as a factor in determining planning applications. Over time this has evolved into the current government policy and guidance for the historic environment as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which places the emphasis on understanding and conserving the significance of heritage assets as part of sustainable development. This makes the need to consider historic environment constraints, impacts and benefits an imperative from the outset of the development process to avoid unexpected issues at key planning and construction stages. Appointing the right archaeological advisor and maintaining continuity of advice can reap dividends in effective risk management and help identify potential heritage benefits at an early stage. In this series of web pages we will look at the likely requirements and advice you need at each stage of the planning and development process.
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