The NPPF Decoded: Archaeology

Join this course to enhance your understanding the planning process with regards to archaeology and recent change to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in particular.

Who should attend?

Archaeological specialists and consultants working in or for local authority planning services. It might be of interest to some experienced planners who have an interest/focus on archaeology.

Why should you join this course?

You should consider booking this course if you are a professional archaeologist working in the planning system, either as a local authority archaeological adviser, or as a contracting archaeologist advising clients on the planning process. You may also find this course of interest if you are an experience planner with an interest in planning cases with significant archaeological impact. If you would like to find out more about whether this course is suitable for you, please e-mail: [email protected].


At the end of this course:

  • Delegates understand the changes to the NPPF and will be able to apply enhanced knowledge of the planning system as a whole when making responses to planning cases
  • Delegates will have a clear understanding of the designation process in relation to scheduling and know where to go for further information as to whether a site is of national importance and equivalent to a scheduled site
  • Relevant case studies (legal and public access examples) will be highlighted and additional resources signposted
  • Delegates will identify how best to respond to a range of planning opportunities e.g. 'Permission in Principle', Local Plan consultation, Scoping/Environmental Impact Assessments 
  • By confidently applying their enhanced knowledge in planning responses, and opening dialogue with planning colleagues. Proposing alternative archaeological management solutions to increase public benefit. Submitting applications for schedulding/amendments


Aerial photograph showing excavation of archaeological features
Archaeological features excavated at Pocklington, Yorkshire © Historic England

Course outline


Face to face course

Timing Activity
09:30   Registration
10:00   Welcome
10:15    NPPF 2018
11:25    Designation - Scheduling
12:15    Lunch
13:00    Planning Local Practice
14:00    Legal Cases
15:00    Case Studies - a round table discussion of practice
16:00    Close

Meet the course tutors

The course will be delivered by a range of expert speakers from Local Authorities and Historic England's Planning, Legal and Archaeological advice teams.

Course venues and booking

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