Cultural Heritage & Archaeology

Cultural heritage encompasses all features and remains which are the product of human activity.

Cultural heritage includes standing buildings, earthwork monuments, industrial features, sub-surface archaeological remains and artefact scatters. It also includes landscapes and their constituent features which have been shaped by human occupation, from planned features such as historic parks and gardens, field boundaries and plantations to changes in flora and fauna as a result of human activity. A broad definition of cultural heritage also encompasses less tangible cultural aspects, such as traditions, customs, beliefs and language.

The importance of cultural heritage remains is recognised in legislation as well as regional and local policy. The Environmental Impact Assessment takes into account relevant statutory requirements and regional and local planning policies.

Impact assessment study

As part of the Environmental Impact Assessment a full study is carried out on cultural heritage and archaeology in consultation with relevant statutory consultees.