Illuminating the past – Enhancing the present – Inspiring the future

Why is a desk-based assessment needed?

Under the most recent legislation, local planning authorities cannot validate applications where the impact of a proposal on heritage assets Рwhether above or below ground Рis not understood. The responsibility for ensuring that planners have the required level of information falls to you, the applicant. Pre-planning desk-based archaeological assessments and heritage asset statements are therefore an essential part of your document portfolio if you are to avoid delays to your application or even outright rejection. Desk-based assessment reports can either be produced as stand alone documents or adapted to form historic environment chapters for Environmental Impact Assessments  (EIA).

Canterbury Archaeological Trust has decades of experience producing desk-based assessments on behalf of clients and has carefully honed the product to ensure that pre-planning requirements are met in the most cost-effective way.

For more information contact: Jake Weekes


    open all | close all