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Archaeology and historic structures

An initial assessment of the archaeology and historic structures of the site is important.

Initial discussions with the local authority should highlight statutory designations and significant or potential issues that need to be considered.

A review of desk-based information such as the National Monuments Record, aerial photograph archives, local studies and the county Sites and Monuments Record should also be undertaken.The local canal society or trust and the Waterways Trust may also hold useful information. Planning guidance for archaeology and the historic environment can be found on the government's planning portal through the link below.

A walk-over assessment of the site by a qualified archaeologist or buildings historian (depending on the interest of the site) to identify features such as earthworks or above-ground structures may also be beneficial.

Evaluation and interpretation of the results should be undertaken by a suitably qualified professional who will be able to advise you of potentially major issues and statutory requirements at this stage and the need for further archaeological investigation now or at later stages of the works.

Other issues, such as how the development may affect the setting of Scheduled Ancient Monuments or listed buildings, should be evaluated.

The Waterways Trust

Government Planning Portal and

Council for British Archaeology

Archaeology Data Service

English Heritage


Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Last Edited: 11 June 2024

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