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Archaeology Matters

Archaeology and planning - is it working?

The CBA is working closely with other organisations to find out if archaeological sites and monuments in our towns, cities and countryside are being carefully managed within the planning process.  We are looking for good and bad examples of cases where archaeology has been (or should have been) considered as part of a development.  We are particularly keen to hear about developers that have ‘gone the extra mile’ in helping local communities understand their heritage through excavation or conservation and those developers who seem disinterested.

Dealing sensitively with archaeology through the planning process is a standard requirement of developers and the local planning authority.  The National Planning Policy Framework (recently revised) sets out clear requirements for Local Planning Authorities to follow.  As a rule, damage or destruction of archaeological sites should be avoided.  Where this is not possible, there is usually a requirement to ensure that archaeology is recorded, and the results made publicly available.

CBA is working with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) on a project that will collect information on how the current planning system is – or isn’t working – for archaeology, and we’d like to hear from you.

  • Have you ever felt frustrated or angry that your local heritage has been treated poorly?
  • Have you ever benefited from increased knowledge of your heritage because of development?
  • Have you ever felt that no one is listening, and your community’s views have been ignored?
  • Have you ever felt the opposite?

If you have any examples with a story to tell, then please get in touch with us with outline details and we will get back to you.

You can find more information on the CIfA project at:

together with a link to a survey that you can use to submit detailed information if you have been or are closely involved with the planning system.

Alternatively, contact us with your story. Just email CBA Director Mike Heyworth by 21 September 2018. We would welcome your assistance.

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