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In situ: The impact of archaeological guidance on planning

Words: Simon Wicks
Rose Theatre dig

It’s a quarter of a century since the campaign to save the Elizabethan Rose Playhouse led to archaeology becoming a formal element in planning. As English Heritage prepares to launch new guidance, Simon Wicks considers its impact

There’s archaeological potential anywhere and everywhere in the UK,” says Rob Bourn, former Berkshire county archaeologist and now archaeology director for London-based planning consultant CGMS. “This is why archaeology has become an important element of the planning process. But you don’t know it’s there until you dig it up.” Until 1990, “digging it up” was something developers did........
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