Information and Guidance

For Developers

Since the publication of National Planning Policy Guideline 5 (NPPG5) in 1994, archaeology has been a material consideration in the Planning Process. Under NPPG5, developers must address any detrimental impact on the archaeological resource arising from their development proposals. NPPG5 states that archaeological deposits must be preserved in situ wherever possible. If preservation is not possible, Planning Authorities may attach conditions to planning consent requiring the developer to fund measures to mitigate the impact of their development on the archaeological resource. There are a number of possible ways in which a developer can reduce the impact of their proposals on the resource. One option may involve altering details of development proposals in order to avoid damage to archaeological deposits, an approach known as preservation in situ. Where this is not feasible, an alterative may be for the developer to employ an archaeological contractor to excavate archaeological material, producing a report detailing their results. This approach is known as preservation by record. It is important to be aware that under this approach, developers are responsible for funding the excavation of archaeological material threatened by their proposals, as well as any post-excavation measures that may be required, up to and including publication. The British Archaeological Jobs Resource website contains a comprehensive section providing information for developers, and provides a useful guide to the position occupied by archaeology within the development process. Developers undertaking archaeological mitigation works as a condition of planning consent should download a copy of our informal list of archaeological contractors. At its meeting on 3 April 2009 the West of Scotland Archaeology Service Joint Committee approved the West of Scotland Archaeology Service Procedural Guidance for Archaeology and Development for general application across the 11 WoSAS Member Councils. This guidance document is now available for download.

Guidance For Developers

For Archaeological Contractors

Fieldwork undertaken as a result of planning conditions should conform to the standards set out in the WoSAS Standard Conditions. These conditions are subject to periodic review, and will be regularly updated. Before undertaking fieldwork for submission in support of a planning application, archaeological contractors should consult a current version of our standard consitions, to ensure that they are aware of our requirements regarding the need for consultation, periods of notice, and standards for data submission. Failure to conform to these conditions could result in reports submitted as a result of developer-funded fieldwork being declined as unacceptable, resulting in additional cost to the client.

Guidance For Archaeological Contractors

For Councils

As part of the Service Level Agreement that established the West of Scotland Archaeology Service, the Service Manager produces an annual report for the Steering Group. The Service is run by a Joint Committee, made up of Councillors from the various Local Authorities who contribute to the Archaeology Service.

Reports For Councils