Posts by info@oakfordarch.co.uk


If you’re managing a construction site, want to carry out work on a historic building or have responsibility for heritage assets, the chances are you’ll have already used, or are thinking of working with, a heritage consultant. A heritage consultant is more than just a specialist in historic buildings or below-ground archaeology. As well as providing expert guidance on listed buildings, archaeology and heritage assets, a heritage...

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Following our theme of answering frequently asked questions, in this blog post we’re looking more closely at Heritage Statements: what they are, whey they’re needed and what they should contain. A Heritage Statement is a document needed by a local planning authority in relation to a development application. It is an assessment of the significance of heritage assets, and their settings, affected by a development and the impacts of that...

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Do you need an archaeological watching brief to fulfil a planning condition? If you own or live near a site of archaeological interest, you might be asked to employ an archaeological contractor to carry out a watching brief for you. Whether you’re simply a homeowner or a large-scale developer, you could still end-up with a planning condition which stipulates the need for a watching brief to be carried out on the proposed groundworks....

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Have you been asked to commission a desk-based assessment as part of your planning application? Read on to find out what a desk-based assessment is, why it’s sometimes necessary as part of a planning application and how much it is likely to cost. What is a Desk-Based Assessment? A desk-based assessment is essentially a short research project exploring the history and archaeological development of a particular piece of land or...

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Have you been asked to fund an archaeological evaluation as part of your planning application? Read on to understand what this phase of work involves and what it is for. What is an Archaeological Evaluation? An archaeological evaluation is an initial phase of fieldwork within a specified area that provides information on the nature, extent, quality and significance of archaeological remains present on a site. Why is an archaeological...

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