Planning a Development

The Cheshire Archaeology Planning Advisory Service (APAS) provides advice on the archaeological implications of development to Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington.

Archaeological AdviceExcavations at Southworth Hall, Warrington 2013

Our Development Control archaeologists are always happy to provide initial advice on the archaeological issues that may affect a development proposal.

Development Control archaeologist contacts 

Please note that some local authority planning departments have adopted a chargeable formal pre-application procedure and it may not be possible to provide formal written advice outside this procedure.

Applicants, developers and their agents are advised to contact the appropriate council planning department for more information on the pre-application process.

Designated Sites

Development proposals may affect statutorily-designated sites (Scheduled Monuments, Registered Parks and Gardens, Registered Battlefields. In these cases we will refer the developer to English Heritage for further advice and guidance on whether Scheduled Monument Consent may be required. This will apply whether there is direct impact or where issues of development affecting the ‘setting’ of a designated asset arise.

Information about the Chester Area of Archaeological Importance (AAI)

Archaeological Mitigation

Archaeological Evaluation Trench, Middlewich

Depending on the nature of the proposed development, it may be appropriate for pre-determination archaeological work to be carried out (such as desk based archaeological assessment or a programme of field evaluation) and the results submitted as a report in support of the planning application.

The report will assist in establishing the significance of any  heritage assets and help define whether any further archaeological mitigation is required. Any further mitigation, which is likely to be secured by condition, may consist of detailed proposals to secure the preservation in situ of significant archaeological deposits or, if this is not possible further fieldwork.

This may range from a formal programme of excavation in the case of significant deposits to a watching brief in the case of  remains of lesser importance.

APAS can provide specifications for archaeological work, monitor archaeological fieldwork and post-excavation programmes and advise on the discharge of archaeological conditions.

Archaeological contractors and consultants

We do not maintain a list of archaeological contractors and consultants. However, other lists are available, such as the Register of Archaeological Organisations maintained by the Institute for Archaeologists or the BAJR Directory.