Cheshire Archaeology Planning Advisory Service
The Archaeology Planning Advisory Service (APAS) is a shared service covering Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Warrington and Halton.
We provide advice on development management and land use change as well as archaeological policies and legislation.
We do not carry out fieldwork projects or undertake commercial consultancy work, such as archaeological excavation. This work is carried out by professional archaeological contractors and consultants. We can provide information on these and briefs for investigating sites.
We maintain the Cheshire Historic Environment Record which contains information on archaeological sites and finds, historic buildings and landscapes.
Historic Environment Team
Cheshire West and Chester Council also has an Historic Environment service who are responsible for heritage asset management in Chester and the wider borough. The team has many years experience in managing and interpreting the urban archaeological resource, including the visible monuments, buried remains, and finds and archives. It advises on flagship heritage assets such as Chester City walls, amphitheatre and Lion Salt Works .
In addition it also provides a range of site information and public and community access services, including helping to deliver the University of Chester Archaeology Course.
This short film gives more information on the work that we do: The story of Chester’s heritage