Archaeological Reports and Services Examples

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Archaeological Reports and Services Examples

Archaeological Reports and Services that may be required for a planning application:

Desk Based Assessments (DBAs)

A DBA is one of the first Archaeological reports that may be required for your planning application. These assessments identify the need and potential for further archaeological assessment on your site and helps to set the tone and aims to reduce the need for additional archaeological services where relevant.  The work includes researching archive records and map regression and summarises what records have been found in the area.  It identifies the significance and potential of archaeology on the proposed development site and the potential impact that the development could have on the archaeological record.

Example case study: DBA for Former Pontins Site – Hemsby – Parker Planning Services – Parker Planning Services

Published reports on ADS (Archaeology Data Service): Desk Based Assessment at Former Pontins Site, Beach Road, Hemsby, Norfolk, NR29 4HL (

Written Schemes of Investigation (WSIs)

Planning permission may be approved, but with a condition that a Written Scheme of Investigation is submitted, approved and archaeological works are carried out and reported, before the approved construction works can commence. The WSI outlines the proposed archaeological works methodology required to satisfy the particular planning condition.

Example case study: Application for 93 Homes in Hemsby – EDP Article – Parker Planning Services – Parker Planning Services

Published reports on ADS (Archaeology Data Service): Written Scheme of Investigation for Descriptive Buildings Record (Level 2) at Rectory Cottage, West Hanningfield, Chelmsford (

Discharge / Variation of Archaeological Planning Conditions

As mentioned, planning permission may be approved, but with an archaeological condition archaeological works must be carried out and reported, before the approved construction works can commence. However, in the event that this condition has not been satisfied, such as failure to carry out archaeological works prior to construction works, a discharge or variation of planning conditions relating to the archaeological condition will have to be submitted. Our Archaeologist will be able to undertake the whole project management for this planning application on your behalf; writing a supportive statement, forming the wording of the variation of condition, submitting the application, and liaising with the Local Planning Authority and their Archaeological Advisor to obtain a granted variation or discharge to the planning permission.

Example case study: Archaeological Variation of Planning Conditions – Parker Planning Services

Scheduled Monument of Consent

Scheduled Monument Consent must be obtained if works will physically affect a scheduled monument. Undertaking works that are not covered by the order without obtaining this consent first is a criminal offence. Our Archaeologist is experienced in applying for Scheduled Monument Consent and will manage the application for you.

Example case study: Written Scheme – Anglo Saxon – Parker Planning Services – Parker Planning Services

Archaeological Project Management

Our Archaeologist is able to provide full Archaeological Project management, overseeing all archaeological aspects of your project. Archaeological scopes of work typically include both written reports and onsite field work, meaning we are able to manage the whole team involved.

We carefully assess the market to appoint and oversee the best field-based archaeology team for your development, to achieve the best overall cost savings and results. These services could include:

  • Archaeological Site Investigations
  • Archaeological / Field Excavations – a programme of controlled, intrusive fieldwork with defined objectives.  It investigates, records and interprets archaeological deposits, features and structures within a specified site.
  • Trial Trenching – trenches located at intervals of a smaller surface area across a site to provide a quicker archaeological evaluation, leaving the rest of the site untouched.

All archaeological excavations managed by Parker Planning Services will comply with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and Historic England Codes of Conduct.

We’re here to advise on the potential impact your development may have on the archaeological resource.  We understand the demands of working to tight timescales and that cost and risk management are key considerations.  So, we carefully ensure that our archaeological work is conducted in a safe and professional manner, without disruption to the construction of your project.

Commercial developers, landowners, and government organisations and many more benefit from our archaeological research and evaluation services.  We can help clients negotiate with local planning authorities, by providing them with desk-based research, or fieldwork specifically targeted to resolving their potential planning issues.

Example case study: Archaeological Project Management – Parker Planning Services

If you require any of these archaeological reports or services, please contact us for a discussion on how we can assist you with your planning application.


Karl Hanson - Senior Archaeologist and Land Surveyor at Parker Planning Services

Karl Hanson – Senior Archaeologist 

Case Studies

Archaeological Variation of Planning Conditions
Insight into the finds of our Archaeologist – Hobbies Dereham, ‘Instructions how to build a Tea Clipper A craft of the Cutty Sark era’.
Insight into the finds of our Archaeologist – City Of Norwich Plan 1945

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