PJO Archaeology provides a range of consultancy services to commercial clients who need to take account of archaeological requirements in the development and planning process.
The impact of a new development on archaeological remains is now a material consideration when decisions are taken by local authorities on granting planning permission. Planning control, which includes matters to do with archaeology, is governed by Town and Country Planning legislation, the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act (1979) supplemented in England by government policy set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (March 2012) and equivalents in other parts of Britain.
The NPPF sets out procedures to ascertain the impact of a development so that a local authority can make an informed decision on how to safeguard archaeological remains. The NPPF promotes the principle that archaeological remains are a valuable and finite part of the nation’s heritage that should ideally be preserved in situ. However, where this is not possible, preservation by record, through excavation and / or other forms of fieldwork may be required.
PJO Archaeology provides confidential and independent consultancy services to commercial clients which take account of current legislation and government policy, and are in accord with best practice as promoted by the Institute of Field Archaeologists.
- Expert advice on archaeology and the historic environment in the planning process;
- Desk-top studies and site evaluations;
- Project designs, schemes of investigation and briefs for fieldwork and reporting;
- Administration of the tendering process for archaeological work;
- Project management and monitoring;
- Advice on sites within and adjacent to Scheduled Monuments
- Contributions to Environmental Statements;
- Witness statements for Public Enquiries.