We adopted revised local area requirements in July 2018 and are currently in the process of updating this guidance page. Check the list of Local Area Requirements July 2018 for the most up to date information before submitting your application.

Where your proposed development will involve a new building or the disturbance of ground within an Area of Archaeological Potential, an archaeological assessment will need to be sent with your planning application. The information below provides further details about when an archaeological assessment is required, what information this document should include, how to submit it to us and where further information can be found.

When is an archaeological assessment required?

An archaeological assessment should be sent with 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
  • 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. This should include 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. 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).

If you choose to submit a paper-based application instead, you will need to provide:

  • four copies of your archaeological assessment
  • 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 links below: