Page last updated 10 February 2017


The impact that new development will have on sites containing archaeological remains is one issue taken into account by the county's planning authorities in determining applications for planning permission.

Where there could be a potential impact:

  • additional information is needed before an informed assessment can be made; and
  • the applicant will be required to commission a specialist contractor to carry out further research or trial investigations to evaluate the site's potential.

Early consultation about the possible impact of development proposals can have considerable benefits for prospective developers before any application is submitted.

The archaeological evaluations required, prior to planning decisions being made, may involve:

  • Survey work, such as geophysical survey or field walking, as well as trial excavation or building survey work.
  • The extent of work required and the techniques to be used will vary from site to site and case to case.

Once there is sufficient information available the likely impact of the proposal upon the historic environment can be assessed and measures to reduce or mitigate the identified impact defined.

Where important historic remains are discovered as part of an evaluation it will sometimes be appropriate to refuse planning permission.

Other more common options for conserving important archaeological remains include:

  • the application of planning conditions or a legal agreement to preserve the remains within the development; or
  • to ensure that the development cannot begin until a specialist contractor has been engaged to excavate and record the archaeological or historic building remains.

Copies of all reports from fieldwork are deposited with the Sites and Monuments Record for wider access to the community.

We have two planning archaeologists who provide advice and guidance in relation to planning proposals. This relates to all applications for ultimate determination by the council and the district/borough councils (please note that in Corby district this service only covers large proposed developments).

Rather than making first contact with the planning archaeologists you will need to first contact the relevant local planning authority:

From 1 April 2017 charges will be made for all archaeological advice where this relates to proposed development for over 50 residential units, 1,000m2 of commercial floorspace or other development over 1ha, although some types of development will be exempt.

The charging policy and charging schedule provides details.

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