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Planning Archaeology

Archaeology and Development

Since the introduction of Planning Policy Guidance Note 16 in 1990 much of the archaeological work in Britain today is carried out as part of the planning process. It is the developer's responsibility to ensure that adequate measures are taken to mitigate for any potential impact to archaeological remains by the proposed development. If you are planning a development, even if you have not yet submitted a formal planning application ... we would encourage you to seek advice at an early stage.

As well as providing archaeological advice on major developments in their early stages, Jenny assesses every planning application in Boston, North Kesteven and South Kesteven in terms of the potential impact of the development on archaeological remains. Each site is dealt with on an individual basis according to its archaeological potential, past site use and the proposed development.

First of all the site is appraised using the Historic Environment Record. Depending on the recorded archaeology on the site or in the area, some form of assessment may be required. This may involve non-intrusive survey including a desk-based assessment, a geophysical survey or building assessment. If more detail is required, trial trenching may also be required prior to the planning application being determined. This level of assessment is used to establish what mitigation measures should be taken (i.e. preservation in-situ, use of appropriate foundations) and whether any further work may be required (i.e. excavation or on-site monitoring of groundworks).
Initial appraisal of the site's potential by the planning archaeologist using the Historic Environment Record and other historic environment information.
Requirement for detailed site specific information, desk-top assessment and/or field evaluation/building assessment, to inform planning decision and appropriate mitigation strategies.
Options for the mitigation of the impact of development on the buried and built heritage resource for example, specific requirements for preservation in situ and/or sympathetic design, conditions for further investigation or recording.

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