This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.

Greater London Archaeological Priority Area Guidelines

Front cover for Greater London Archaeological Priority Area Guidelines

By Patrick Booth, Sandy Kidd

Historic England’s Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service maintains the capital’s Historic Environment Record and provides advice to 31 borough councils. Every London borough (except the City of London) has Archaeological Priority Areas (APA) defined in their local plan. They are areas defined for planning purposes where, according to existing information, there is significant known archaeological interest or particular potential for new discoveries.

These guidelines have been produced as part of a programme to review, revise and update the Archaeological Priority Areas across Greater London. They have been developed with the support of the Mayor of London and in consultation with borough councils, archaeological practices and interest groups.

The purpose of APAs is to provide a consistent framework for documenting archaeological interest for planning purposes. The new system will provide a sound evidence base and practical tool for strategic planning. The introduction of a ‘tiered’ system distinguishes those areas which are most significant from others which although still of interest are not quite so sensitive. This will help boroughs and developers narrow down the areas within their boroughs where archaeological interests may be affected.


  • Introduction
  • Definition
  • Planning content
  • Priority area tiers
  • Consultation guidelines
  • Revision and creation
  • Selection criteria
  • Defining boundaries
  • Descriptions
  • Adoption and review
  • Glossary
  • Appendix
  • Where to get advice

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 28
  • Product Code: HEAG098


If you require an alternative, accessible version of this document (for instance in audio, Braille or large print) please contact us:

Customer Service Department

Telephone: 0370 333 0607
Fax: 01793 414926
Textphone: 0800 015 0516

Was this page helpful?

Also of interest...

  • Cropmarks on the East London Gravels, Havering

    Archaeological Priority Areas

    Archaeological Priority Areas (APAs) are areas where there is significant known archaeological interest or potential for new discoveries.

  • Tower of London


    Here you can find out about the work and services of the Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service (GLAAS).