Historic England has launched a consultation on the Greater London Archaeological Priority Area Guidelines with a call for comments by 31st July 2015.
Working with the support of The Mayor of London, the consultation, Archaeological Priority Area Guidelines, forms part of Historic England’s Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service (GLAAS) long-term project to review, revise and update the Archaeological Priority Areas (APA) across Greater London.
APAs in local plans are known sites with significant archaeological interest or particular potential for new discoveries. Historic England has found that these Priority Areas need to be modernised as they were created over 25 years ago and lack a coherent strategy, evidence base or guidelines. It is therefore hoped that the new Guidelines will help support the implementation of a consistent strategic framework through outlining an approach to select, demarcate and describe undesignated archaeological interest for planning purposes.
Historic England would like to hear views on the consultation draft. In addition to any general comments they would like responses to the following questions:
- Do you agree with proposed purpose and definition of Archaeological Priority Areas?
- Do you support the technical criteria for selecting Archaeological Priority Areas and how boundaries are defined?
- Do you consider that the proposed tier system is clear and with the proposed link to the consultation guidelines?
- Are there any gaps in the guidelines which should be addressed to improve its implementation?
The deadline for comments is Friday 31st July 2015. For more information see the Historic England website.