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Planning archaeology

We offer advice on development proposals which need planning permission in line with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Local Plan policies. We recommend talking about this as soon as possible, ideally before you submit a planning application.

We provide a specialist archaeological advisory service to the County, District and Borough local planning authorities (LPAs) of Leicestershire and Rutland, apart from Charnwood

Our advice might include:

  • Advising that an archaeological search is carried out.
  • Suggesting work to lessen the impact of the development. This being carried out might be a condition of the planning application being accepted.

Where archaeological work is needed, the Historic and Natural Environment Team (HNET) can provide a brief. This should then be given to the contractors. The HNET keep a list of contractors who have either worked or expressed an interest in working in Leicestershire and Rutland. Inclusion on the list does not mean that they are necessarily recommended by us.

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Once you’ve chosen a contractor they will need to prepare a specification or written scheme of investigation listing the work required. This must be forwarded to the LPA and us for approval, before the archaeological investigation begins.

Each district and borough has their own planning website giving guidance on submitting planning applications. For general information on the planning process, visit the governments planning portal

Contact details:

Principal Archaeologist: County matters (e.g. minerals and roads):

Telephone: 0116 3058322



Planning Archaeologist: Blaby, Hinckley & Bosworth, Oadby and Wigston:

Telephone: 0116 3059392



Planning Archaeologist: Harborough, Melton, North West Leicestershire and applications in Rutland County:

Telephone: 0116 3055027


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