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Archaeological planning advice

Our role

We advise the following planning authorities in Gloucestershire on the archaeological implications of development:

  • Gloucestershire County Council
  • Cheltenham Borough Council
  • Cotswold District Council
  • Forest of Dean District Council
  • Stroud District Council
  • Tewkesbury Borough Council

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How we can help you

Pre-application assessment - Identifying the archaeological implications of development

National policy states that planning authorities should require an applicant to describe the significance of any heritage assets affected by a development proposal, including any contribution made by their setting, before a planning application is determined. Find out more: National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

If you contact us at the pre-application stage (before you have finalised your development plans) with details of your development site and brief description of what you are planning to do, we can check if there are likely to be any issues, and if so, what steps you should take next. These may include:

  • Commissioning of an archaeological assessment (desk based information).
  • Commissioning of field evaluation (survey or sample excavation on site).
  • Seeking other permissions if your development affects a Scheduled Monument, Listed Building, Registered Battlefield or Registered Park or Garden.

We can provide you with a brief for any assessment and evaluation required, and with information on locally-based specialist companies that carry out such work. You will need to agree the scope of the work before starting.

This information will help the planning authority to assess the implications, if any, of your development.

Planning permission conditions relating to archaeology

Sometimes permission to develop may be refused because of the impact on archaeology. More often permission is given with a planning condition that requires you to undertake some archaeological work, either before you start, or during the development. The most common condition is as follows:

'No development shall take place within the application site until the applicant, or their agents or successors in title, has secured the implementation of a programme of archaeological work in accordance with a written scheme of investigation which has been submitted by the applicant and approved in writing by the local planning authority'.

We can advise you on the scope of the archaeological recording work required by the condition, and we can also provide a brief and a list of local archaeological contractors who you could commission to carry out the work. You will need to have the scope of the work agreed with the planning authority before you start the development.

For enquiries contact:

We are a Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Registered Organisation

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