Archaeological Advice

Section 16 of the National Planning Policy Framework requires all planning applications to consider how their proposal takes sub-surface and built heritage assets into account.

The Tyne and Wear Archaeology Service based within the Urban Design and Conservation Team at Newcastle City Council provide advice on planning applications across the whole of Tyne and Wear. Early consultation with the service is important as it can protect against costly, unexpected finds of high significance.

The Service can provide an initial appraisal of the likelihood that archaeologically sensitive deposits need to be considered for any specific planning application, and give advice on the steps that may need to be taken at each stage of the process.

If your site is within an area of potential archaeological interest the applicant may need to provide the Planning Authority with further information of the likely impact of the scheme on any buried remains. This can be carried out as part of the pre-application process or as a condition of planning consent.

You may be asked to undertake one or more of the following:

Further information on all types of archaeological work can be found through the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.

When you are asked to provide more information pre or post determination you will need to employ a professional archaeological contractor to carry out the works as set out in a specification supplied by Tyne and Wear Archaeology Service.

Extensive Urban Survey/Small Towns Reports

The Extensive Urban Survey Programme AKA Small Towns Reports were completed as part of a collaboration between Gateshead Council, The City of Newcastle, Northumberland County Council and the other districts which formed the former County of Tyne and Wear.

Any archaeologists working on sites within Newcastle need to consult the English Heritage funded Newcastle Urban Assessment - Graves, C.P and Heslop, D.H, 2013, Newcastle upon Tyne - The Eye of the North, An Archaeologist Assessment (Oxbow Books).

Copies of the Small Towns reports can be viewed below in PDF format:

Twentieth Century Defence Sites of Tyne and Wear

An overview of 20th century defence sites across Tyne and Wear in a PDF format (3.23MB). 

Research Frameworks

Archaeological work must aim to answer research questions set out in Regional and Thematic Research Frameworks.

'Shared Visions: The North-East Regional Research Framework for the Historic Environment' by David Petts with Christopher Gerrard, 2006, sets out key research priorities for all periods of the past. The North-East research framework (NERRF) is currently being revised to incorporate findings which post-date 2006. Draft revisions of the updated frameworks are available for use.

'Frontiers of Knowledge' edited by Matthew FA Symonds and David JP Mason, 2010, is the Research Framework for Hadrian's Wall, part of the Frontiers of the Roman Empire Transnational World Heritage Site.


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Page last updated: 
2 April 2019
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