Wessex Archaeology produces high-quality desk-based assessments (DBA) which are often submitted in conjunction with planning applications to identify any likely heritage constraints which may be present at a development site.


What is included in a DBA

A DBA comprises a study of the historic environment around the proposed site and normally includes historical and archaeological background information gathered through a range of methods including:

  • documentary research
  • interrogation of the local Historic Environment Record and other available sources
  • creation of a photographic record of the site and its surroundings
  • an assessment of the significance of any identified heritage assets.

A DBA may also include strategies to mitigate any potential impact on heritage assets.


The Desk-Based Assessment Team

Our team draw on years of experience in producing DBAs for development or research programmes. They are highly skilled researchers and produce detailed documents that accurately provide a proportionate assessment.


Rosey Thornber

Senior Heritage Consultant

Rosey Thornber

Naomi Brennan

Senior Heritage Consultant

Naomi Brennan

Tom Wells

Heritage Consultant

Tom Wells

Heritage statement

Statements of significance

Historic environment risk appraisals

Historic environment desk-based assessment

Historic landscape characterisation and interpretation

Monument/historic landscape condition survey

Scheduled monuments

Written scheme of investigation

Abby Bryant

How can we help?

Contact Abby Bryant, Consultancy Director