The long term aim of NMP is to complete the analysis and mapping of archaeological information on aerial photographs for the whole of England but this will take many years to achieve. The NMP Strategy identifies key priorities, issues and landscapes to ensure that resources are directed to where they are most needed.
Priority will be given to projects in areas where the NMP methodology will have greatest benefit or where there is the greatest threat of change to the historic environment. NMP is likely to have greatest benefit in those areas where we know the existing record of the historic environment is inadequate, or where arable farming is most damaging to buried remains.
It will also be particularly valuable in landscapes that have seen considerable archaeological aerial reconnaissance but where the results have not been analysed and in those areas where the results of NMP can feed directly into management plans for the National Parks and Areas of Outstanding National Beauty.
NMP can also usefully inform those areas with the greatest threat that can be addressed on a large scale including the coast and areas where strategic guidance on development plans is required.