The Department for Communities and Local Government issued the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in March 2012, which sets out the Government's planning policies on the conservation of the historic environment.
The impact of a development upon Heritage Assets is a material consideration for the Local Planning Authority when making a planning decision. The Archaeology and Historic Environment Service provides advice on archaeology through development control and strategic planning policy, and monitors the work of archaeological contractors and consultants who carry out excavation and survey work before sites are developed. Here is our Advice on Commissioning Archaeological Work. (PDF, 537KB, 1 page).
The Service is also consulted on the archaeological implications of Hedgerow Removal Notices, Countryside Stewardship applications, and works by utilities companies.
For more information, please get in touch by using the online send a message to this service form.