Heritage and planning

The Government sets the framework that our Archaeology team and local planning authorities use to ensure the conservation and enjoyment of the historic environment of our local area. See the:

The Archaeology team:

  • advise on archaeological significance before planning applications are made
  • make recommendations to planning teams to make sure that any remains are preserved or recorded
  • work with developers on the level of archaeological work required to discharge planning conditions and we monitor the standard of the work carried out

Click on the link to read our guidance on: standards for archaeological work in Sussex [1.6 MB] [pdf]

We also have standards for historic buildings, click on the link to read our guidance on:

Sussex Standards for Historic Building Archaeology [517.3 KB] [pdf]

We provide advice to East Sussex district & borough councils, South Downs National Park and Brighton & Hove City Council.

For information regarding a planning condition or for pre-application advice please contact the 

Archaeological Notification Area Maps (ANAs)

ANAs show areas containing recorded archaeological remains for East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. See:

Planning authorities can check for potential impacts on heritage that would need to be considered under the National Planning Policy Framework. Other areas may still have an archaeological interest that has not yet been identified.

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