With every new generation comes fresh ideas and new ways of living, all of which make demands on how we use land. This means that we live in places where change is always happening.  Over time these changes become part of our history, which can add to the special character of places for individuals and communities.  Representing the 'historic environment' in which we live, this legacy also provides the valuable raw material upon which archaeologists, historic geographers, and architectural historians can learn about how our economy, society, culture and environment change.

Unfortunately, accommodating the ever changing needs of society can also bring tensions. The demands that development can make on land means that we can sometimes face difficult decisions about what we decide to conserve and protect, and what the best means to achieve this are.

These pages aim to give you an overview of the importance of archaeology within the planning process, in protecting and enhancing our environment and how it may affect you.