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Archaeology: National and Local Policies

It is the Council's policy, as set out in its Unitary Development Plan, to require developers to assess the archaeological implications of their development proposals for a site that may contain archaeological remains. Our Planning Committee then considers the results of the assessment before making a decision on the planning application. This approach follows government advice given in National Planning Policy Framework

If the proposed development is likely to affect archaeological remains, then an archaeological assessment will be required before an application can be validated.

Details of the Council's policy and priorities for the future are set out in the Conservation Strategy. The council has adopted an Archaeology Strategy to provide detailed guidance on protecting and managing Birmingham's archaeological resource.

For larger developments, an archaeological assessment is an integral part of an Environmental Impact Assessment that the developer must undertake.

Following assessment, we decide whether the archaeological remains should be preserved in situ through appropriate site layout or foundation design, or whether it is acceptable to record remains in advance of damage or destruction during construction. If the remains are to be recorded, we will impose conditions usually requiring archaeological excavation followed by analysis and publication of the results. The cost of archaeological work necessitated by development must be met by the developer.

Archaeological work also includes historic buildings. The photograph above shows the cruck-framed building at New Shipton in Sutton Coldfield. Detailed recording as part of an application for conversion work included tree-ring dating. This showed that the building was constructed in 1425.

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Last Updated : 2nd September 2013