2013 2014
Land investigated for archaeology pre-planning permission 402 ha 331 ha
Land investigated for archaeology post-planning permission 321 ha 183 ha

Archaeological investigations are frequently an integral part of mineral developments. In 2013, MPA recorded investigations covering 402 hectares for pre-planning application investigations and 321 hectares for post-planning application investigations.

Having agreed a Code of Practice for archaeological investigations with English Heritage and the Minerals and Historic Environment Forum, there is still significant concern in the industry about inconsistent archaeological requirements placed on mineral operators. Such investigations, particularly pre-planning applications, have the potential to cost operators large sums and such onerous requirements do not always appear to be consistent with the likelihood of significant finds.

To work with the Minerals and Historic Environment Forum to re-establish a reasonable and consistent basis for decisions regarding minerals working and archaeology.