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Archaeological assessments in planning applications

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Archaeological assessments in planning applications

When is an archaeological assessment required?

This should be sent with applications for developments that involve a new building or the disturbance of ground. This is within an Area of Archaeological Potential.

The archaeological priority areas within Camden are as follows:

Tier 1
West Heath Mesolithic Site
Parliament Hill

Tier 2
St Pancras Old Church and Burial Ground
Kentish Town
Watling Street
Post Medieval Burial Grounds
Belsize Manor
Kilburn Priory and Settlement
Bagnigge Wells
Regents Canal and Rail Infrastructure
London Suburbs

Tier 3
Primrose Hill
Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill Fields
Regents Park

Find more information about each area in GLAAS's Archaeological Priority Areas Appraisal

What information should be included in an archaeological assessment?

An archaeological assessment should include the following information:

  • a description of the significance of the heritage assets affected by the proposed development and their contribution to the site
  • a desk-based assessment of the impact of the proposal. It should show the sources that have been considered and the expertise that has been consulted
  • any relevant supporting documentation, such as plans showing historic features that may exist on or adjacent to the development site. This includes listed buildings and structures, historic parks and gardens, and historic battlefields

How do I submit an archaeological assessment?

If you apply for planning permission online using the Planning Portal, you can upload your archaeological assessment. This is after you have completed the relevant application forms.

Before uploading any files, please read our guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications (PDF).

Where can I find out further information?

For further information on preparing and submitting an archaeological assessment, see the links below: