Constraints Reports – assessing the potential for archaeological remains
A Constraints Report is a rapid and cost effective way for developers to ascertain whether land identified for development, whether for housing, mineral extraction, a wind or solar farm etc., has the potential to contain archaeological remains or heritage features such as listed buildings or scheduled monuments.
A Constraints Report is particularly useful during strategic site identification and prior to land acquisition.
It will identify the likelihood of buried archaeological remains being present within a site and identify the presence of designated heritage assets, most importantly listed buildings and scheduled monuments.
As buried archaeological remains and heritage features can pose constraints to development assessing the potential for them to be present at as early a stage as possible allows strategic land managers and developers alike to make informed decisions on how to proceed with land acquisition.
In addition, it makes them aware of the implications in terms of time and costs when the formal planning process is entered into.
A Constraints Report is, in essence, an early warning tool. It allows house builders to make meaningful and informed decisions about how to proceed with land acquisition and about how to manage and minimise the risks associated with the presence of heritage assets once land has been purchased and the formal planning process entered into.