Consultations

This page lists draft written guidance currently open for public and professional comment. Please take time to review these drafts and to send us comments. Your responses will help us to make sure that guidance is both relevant and effective.

Open Consultations - New Guidance

Guidance for archaeological and historic pottery production sites

These guidelines promote good practice for investigating the remains of archaeological and historic pottery production sites. This guidance covers pottery production sites in England from about six thousand years ago through to the recent past. The examples focus on production sites of vessels, rather than bricks, tiles or sanitary wares, but much of the practical advice: on scientific dating, sampling, and post-excavation analysis for example, may still apply.  

Please send your feedback by 28th December to sarah.paynter@english-heritage.org.uk or you can post comments back to Sarah Paynter, English Heritage, Fort Cumberland, Fort Cumberland Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, PO4 9LD. We have created a feedback form below which you can use for comments if you wish.

Open Consultations - Revised Guidance

Tall Buildings: Advice on plan-making, submitting, assessing and deciding planning proposals

This document, jointly authored with Design Council, is a revision of the Guidance on Tall Buildings produced by CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) and English Heritage in 2007. Over seven years we have dealt with many tall building proposals and the Government's planning policy has undergone considerable change.

The new context for this document is the Government's 2012 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which is supported by Planning Practice Guidance.

The NPPF promotes the pursuit of sustainable development which includes improving the quality of the built natural and historic environment. This new advice is designed to help improve the quality of adopted or emerging local plans. It will also improve planning applications for tall buildings, and allow better-informed, quicker decisions. Design Council (which merged with CABE in 2011) and English Heritage would like to hear your views.

Please use the consultation questionnaire below and return it to  tall.buildings@english-heritage.org.uk by 30 November 2014.

Forthcoming Guidance

The list below gives details of guidance projects which teams in English Heritage are involved with or have commissioned. For any queries about these projects please email guidance@english-heritage.org.uk

Closed Consultations

Consultation is now closed on the drafts listed below. Draft documents are in most cases still available for reference pending final publication (see the list of PDF documents below). However please note that guidance and recommendations may be different in the final published version in comparison to the earlier drafts.

Archaeometallurgy Guidelines (Second Edition). For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact david.dungworth@english-heritage.org.uk. The draft document is available for reference below.

Consultation on Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning. Please email GoodPracticeConsultation@english-heritage.org.uk for further information on the Good Practice Advice in Planning notes listed below:

Final versions of these documents, along with additional more detailed information (termed Technical Advice in Planning) will replace both the PPS5 Planning and the Historic Environment: Historic Environment Planning Practice Guide (2010) and various pieces of English Heritage guidance. This likely to be in early 2015.  

Sampling Large Burial Grounds. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact simon.mays@english-heritage.org.uk.

Historic military aviation sites, conservation management guidance (Second Edition). For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact Billy.Reading@english-heritage.org.uk. The draft document is available for reference below.

Where On Earth Are We? The role of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) in archaeological field survey (Second Edition). For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact Trevor Pearson (trevor.pearson@english-heritage.org.uk). The draft document is available for reference below.

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and the Historic Environment National Guidance. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact Katie Carmichael (Katie.Carmichael@english-heritage.org.uk).

English Heritage Guidance Note on Digital Image Capture and File Storage. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please contact James Davies (James.Davies@english-heritage.org.uk). The draft document is available for reference below.

Human Remains from Wreck sites: a Proposed Policy for Consultation. This consultation closed on 13 December 2013. For further information about this forthcoming guidance please email designation@english-heritage.org.uk. The draft document is available for reference below.

Military Aircraft Crash Sites: Archaeological Guidance on their Significance and Future Management. This consultation closed 31 March 2012. Contact aircraftcrashsites@english-heritage.org.uk for further information about this document.