Where proposals affect archaeological remains which are designated or undesignated heritage assets or their settings, or where the archaeological potential of a proposal site is unclear, JME Conservation is able to provide advice to clients on the implications of archaeology for their proposals and how best to clarify and resolve the archaeological issues
Further guidance on the assessment of archaeological heritage assets is given in the National Planning Policy Framework:
139. Non-designated heritage assets of archaeological interest that are demonstrably of equivalent significance to scheduled monuments, should be considered subject to the policies for designated heritage assets.
140. Local planning authorities should assess whether the benefits of a proposal for enabling development, which would otherwise conflict with planning policies but which would secure the future conservation of a heritage asset, outweigh the disbenefits of departing from those policies.
141. Local planning authorities should make information about the significance of the historic environment gathered as part of plan-making or development management publicly accessible. They should also require developers to record and advance understanding of the significance of any heritage assets to be lost (wholly or in part) in a manner proportionate to their importance and the impact, and to make this evidence (and any archive generated) publicly accessible. However, the ability to record evidence of our past should not be a factor in deciding whether such loss should be permitted.