Under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 it is a criminal offence to undertake construction work inside the boundaries of an Area of Archaeological Importance (AAI) without notifying the Secretary of State’s designated authority of your intentions. You must also make provision for an archaeological investigation should it be considered necessary.
Canterbury is one of only five places in England – the others are Chester, Exeter, Hereford and York – where this law applies. The Director of Canterbury Archaeological Trust is the investigating authority for Canterbury and, as such, we should be one of your first ports of call when considering any development or building work in the city or its environs.
If consulted early we can ensure your plans do not fall foul of the legislation and we can also save you time and money.
For more information, please contact: John Hammond