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Guidance Open for Consultation

Your chance to have a say on advice and guidance documents we've published in draft. Your feedback will help us make our advice and guidance useful.

Revised and updated guidance

Historic England Advice Note 8: Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment and the Historic Environment

We are inviting comments on all aspects of a draft Historic England Advice Note 8: Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment and the Historic Environment. When finalised, this document will supersede the previous document on the subject, published by English Heritage in 2013.

The requirements for Strategic Environmental Assessment derive from EU legislation. Please note that the text in this document reflects the current situation - following the result of the referendum on UK membership of the EU its contents will be kept under review, and as and when the legislative context changes they will be updated.

This consultation closes on Monday 26 September 2016.

Ways to respond

Please email your comments to

Alternatively, you can post responses to:

SA/SEA Consultation using the Government Advice Team address details below.

Land Contamination and Archaeology

The identification of archaeology within a development site is important if it is to be managed successfully during contaminated land assessment and remediation. This consultation document comprises guidance on how to manage archaeological assets and is an update of “Guidance on Assessing the Risk Posed by Land contamination and its Remediation on Archaeological Resource Management” published by Historic England and the Environment Agency in 2003.

Some of the revisions to the guidance have been informed by feedback from contaminated land and remediation consultants. They often stated that archaeology was not considered during the early stages of contaminated land risk assessment as awareness of archaeological issues was relatively low. In addition, responses noted that it was difficult to find detailed or site-specific information relating to a site’s archaeological issues. Drawing on the survey feedback, the aims of the updated guidance are to:

  • raise awareness of archaeological assets during the assessment of contaminated land
  • offer advice about how and where to find archaeological information about a site
  • illustrate through case studies the effectiveness of early consultation and collaborative working
  • show how contaminated and archaeological site investigation works could be combined to improve the site record

We want to know:

  • if the guidance provides enough information about how to include the consideration of archaeology during the risk assessment stage?
  • is it clear how to find information about archaeology on a site and who to contact for advice?
  • do you think the case studies raise awareness of how archaeology can influence remediation design, and do they highlight the benefits of early consultation?

This consultation closes on 21 October 2016.

Ways to respond

Please email any queries or comments on the draft document to

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