Buckinghamshire County Archaeological Service

The Buckinghamshire County Archaeological Service (BCAS) provides expert advice and guidance to the Local Planning Authorities and other interested parties. We also maintain the local Historic Environment Record (HER).

Buckinghamshire County Archaeological Service 
Telephone: 01296 382 705 
Email: archaeology@buckscc.gov.uk

 

Archaeological investigations

The government has planning policies in place to protect heritage assets. The outcome of your planning application can be affected if your proposed development site:

  • is likely to affect a heritage asset
  • lies in an area of known archaeological potential

You can find out if this affects your site by visiting the Unlocking Buckinghamshire's Past database or by viewing our interactive historic environment map.

Read our guidance and access our online briefs or find out more about commissioning archaeological investigations.

How to make a request

You can request advice, a site visit, or approval of certain documents online. Please contact us if you are in any doubt which service you need.

Charges for our services:

  • request archaeological planning advice (major developments) - £264 (inc VAT)
  • request archaeological planning advice (minor developments) - £79.20 (inc VAT)
  • site monitoring visit - £79.20 (inc VAT)
  • full schedule of charges

Request a service

The government must give permission for any change to protected ancient monuments. For information and advice contact Historic England.

 

Archaeological Notification Areas (ANAs)

ANAs are areas where there is evidence of archaeological remains. Our notification map shows all current ANAs. The boundary of each ANA is subject to change. This can be due to new evidence or re-interpretation of existing information.

Archaeological considerations may also be encountered outside notification areas, particularly for larger developments.

Contact us if you are in doubt about archaeological requirements for a site.

 

Solent-Thames archaeological framework

This framework surveyed and characterised all aspects of the rich and diverse past of the Solent-Thames area, from the Palaeolithic period to the present day.

Read more about the Solent-Thames framework.

 

 

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