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Views wanted for Historic England's revised piling and archaeology guidance

The public body Historic England, which helps care for England’s historic environment, is seeking views on its revised draft guidance for piling.

First published in 2007, the guidance is aimed at local planning authorities, developers and contractors.

A group of engineers, local authority planning archaeologists, archaeological contractors and archaeologists from Historic England, have been working on revising the guidance, which will now align better with the National Planning Policy Framework.

Historic England senior science advisor Jim Williams, who has been leading up the group, said: “We have worked closely with sector partners to revise this document and now want to test the messages we have developed with a wider audience. Hopefully we have struck the right balance between protecting archaeology and providing space for development.

“The aim of the guidance is to highlight ways in which the harm to archaeological deposits can be minimised. It is about looking for creative ways to protect the majority of the archaeological remains on this site whilst still accepting that construction still needs to occur in places where archaeological remains will be present.

“We are trying to help all sides achieve as a situation where development can take place but also the majority of the archaeological deposits of a site are protected.”

Public consultation on the document starts on 1 July to 1 August.

 For more information, and to give feedback, visit https://historicengland.org.uk/about/what-we-do/consultations/guidance-open-for-consultation/ 


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