The UK Government published the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in March 2012.

In line with government policy the Historic Environment Team (HET) provides archaeological advice in relation to the planning process to:

  • members of the public
  • local districts councils
  • mineral planning authorities
  • archaeological organisations
  • developers and land agents

The council strongly recommends that developers seek early advice from HET about potential impacts of development proposals.Early consultation with the Historic Environment Team ensures that any necessary archaeological work will not create unexpected problems. The flow chart Development Management process.pdf gives more detailed guidance.

In March 2013 the council's Cabinet agreed on proposals to raise additional income through charging for certain parts of its archaeology service. A short consultation was undertaken and the responses gained as part of it can be found in the following document. The charges will help to pay for the day-to-day costs of running the archaeology service, such as administration, overheads and back office support. Archaeological work that is carried out for other Local Planning Authorities is delivered through service level agreements.

It is free to use the Cambridgeshire Historic Environment Record (CHER) for personal and academic research.

Church advice

The Church of England operates an equivalent planning system called Faculty Jurisdiction. Most changes to a church or cemetery require a faculty to be issued by the Chancellor of the Diocese, who is advised by the Diocesan Advisory Committee. 

HET can offer advice and comment on:

  • proposals for works in churches or churchyards
  • producing Statements of Significance

For more information or archaeological planning advice please contact the Historic Environment Team at  [email protected] or on 01223 728569/570.

Countryside advice

Agri-environment schemes can offer payments for protecting cropmark and other archaeological sites through reverting arable land to grassland and rewarding sensitive management of existing earthworks.

The council can help you identify sites of interest on your farm and show how the conservation of historic features need not conflict with good agricultural practice. Advice and assistance with the archaeological element of agri-environment schemes is also available, including farm audits and management plans.

The current range of stewardship options are coming to an end. Please contact Natural England for information and application packs on Environmental Stewardship.

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