Subject Committee: Planning & Legislation
The Planning and Legislation Committee was established to consider the wide range of planning and legislation matters directly related to the interests of the Association, and pursue particular issues on behalf of its members. The historic environment is under constant pressure in both town and country. Its protection must be reconciled with the legitimate needs of economic growth and development.
Ancient Monuments legislation provides protection for only a small proportion of archaeological sites. Provision for the protection and investigation of the great majority of archaeological sites has come about through the development of planning legislation and recognition of archaeology as a material consideration in the planning process through:
- England, National Planning Policy Framework from March 2012 replacing PPS 5 'Planning for the Historic Environment'. The PPS 5 Practice Guide has not yet been replaced.
- Scotland: Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) (which superceded SPP23 Planning and the Historic Emvironment). National Planning Policy Guideline 5 (NPPG 5) and Planning Advice Note (PAN) 2/2011: Planning and Archaeology which replaced PAN 42 in July 2011.
- Wales: Planning Policy Wales and Welsh Office Circular 60/96 Planning and the Historic Environment: Archaeology (Wales)
The Association, through its Planning and Legislation Committee, seeks to encourage best practice in implementing government guidance and aims to ensure that appropriate policies for the conservation of the historic environment are incorporated into development plans and strategic documents.
Committee papers (members only)
Survey of historic environment services in local government: England
Since 1997 ALGAO has carried out a number of surveys of its membership to gather information on staffing and casework levels, and to monitor changes in best practice in implementing PPG 16 and PPG15, andl also in dealing with aspects of work which fall outside the planning system.
In 2005 ALGAO published Local Government Archaeological Services: Report on staffing and casework surveys 1997-2003. This summary is of key results from research undertaken by the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO) and English Heritage into local government archaeological services: published in 2002 as _Archaeological Services in Local Government and Planning and Conservation Casework Survey 1997-99. It also includes results from the ALGAO survey of staffing and casework for 2003.
Guidance and good practice
- Mineral Extraction and Archaeology: a Practice Guide: prepared by the Minerals and Historic Environment Forum as an aid to planning authorities, mineral planners, mineral operators, archaeologists and consultants.
- Department for Communities and Local Government planning
- DCLG planning policy - including links to guidance/policy Planning Policy Statement 5
- The Government's Statement on the historic environment for England
- Heritage Protection Reform
- English Heritage
- Planning portal
- Scottish Government planning - includes links to legislation, policy and guidance.
- Scottish Planning Policy
- Planning Advice Notes
- [Planning Advice Note 2/2011: Planning and Archaeology] (http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/08/04132003/0)
Consultation responses: Planning & Legislation
Consultation responses from the past two years are listed below. To view consultation responses older than two years, see our consultation response archive.