Section 16 of the National Planning Policy Framework requires all planning applications to consider how their proposal takes sub-surface and built heritage assets into account.
The Tyne and Wear Archaeology Service based at Newcastle City Council provide advice on planning applications across the whole of Tyne and Wear. Early consultation with the service is important as it can protect against costly, unexpected finds of high significance.
The Service can provide an initial appraisal of the likelihood that archaeologically sensitive deposits need to be considered for any specific planning application, and give advice on the steps that may need to be taken at each stage of the process.
If your site is within an area of potential archaeological interest the applicant may need to provide the Planning Authority with further information of the likely impact of the scheme on any buried remains. This can be carried out as part of the pre-application process or as a condition of planning consent.
You may be asked to undertake one or more of the following:
- A desk-based assessment
- A geophysical survey
- Evaluation trial trenching
- A watching brief
- Building Recording
- Topographic survey
Further information on all types of archaeological work can be found through the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
When you are asked to provide more information pre or post determination you will need to employ a professional archaeological contractor to carry out the works as set out in a specification supplied by Tyne and Wear Archaeology Service.
Tyne and Wear Specialist Conservation Team
Recent copies of the former Tyne and Wear Specialist Conservation Team Annual Reports can be viewed below (PDF). Older copies are available to view at the Civic Centre.
Extensive Urban Survey/Small Towns Reports
The Extensive Urban Survey Programme AKA Small Towns Reports were completed as part of a collaboration between Gateshead Council, The City of Newcastle, Northumberland County Council and the other districts which formed the former County of Tyne and Wear. Copies of the reports can be viewed below in PDF format:
Twentieth Century Defence Sites of Tyne and Wear
An overview of 20th century defence sites across Tyne and Wear in a PDF format (3.23MB).