» Paragraph 189
This paragraph states “In determining applications… Where a site on which development is proposed includes, or has the potential to include, heritage assets with archaeological interest, local planning authorities should require developers to submit an appropriate desk-based assessment and, where necessary, a field evaluation.“
» So do I really need to undertake a desk-based assessment?
Now in the north east of England, a lot of desk-based research has already been done. As standard these studies cover 1km radius from the target site and as such sites in the vicinity of developments that have already been subject to scrutiny a survey has often already been carried out that covers the target site. Due to NPPF paragraph 189 it is often assumed that a desk-based assessment will be automatically required, but such a study should only be undertaken on the direct instruction of the Local Authority Archaeologist, otherwise work could be duplicated and the developer’s money wasted.
» The Local Authority Archaeologist has told me I need to do a desk-based assessment…
Okay, so if this is the case then your development hasn’t already been covered by a previous project – unlucky. A desk-based assessment (DBA for short) is essentially a fact finding project that assesses everything known about your site, including its potential for previously unknown archaeology or heritage assets. This includes trips to the local record offices, information from the Historic Environment Record (HER), study of aerial photography, LIDAR data and despite the name of the project type, a field trip to visually examine your development. Once completed you submit the report to the Local Authority who will then make the decision if evaluation is required. Please click the button below to find our more about DBAs: