When is an archaeological assessment required?

An archaeological assessment should accompany applications for developments that involve a new building or the disturbance of ground within an Area of Archaeological Potential.

The archaeological priority areas within Camden are as follows: Bagnigge Wells, Battle Bridge, Belsize, Hampstead, Hampstead Heath, Highgate, Kentish Town, Kilburn, London Suburbs, South End, St. Pancras, West End and any canalside industry.

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 that will be affected by the proposed development and their contribution to the site
  • a desk-based assessment of the impact of the proposal detailing 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, including 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 will be given the opportunity to upload your archaeological assessment after you have completed the relevant application forms. Before uploading any files, please read our guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications.

Guidance notes for submitting electronic files with planning applications (PDF).

If you choose to submit a paper-based application instead, you will need to provide four copies of your archaeological assessment along with four copies of the relevant application forms.

Where can I find out further information?

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