Going About Getting Planning Permission

For planning permission and building projects it’s always important to have an archaeological survey conducted to make sure the land or plot is suitable. It’s a key task performed by specialists in their field surveying tools.

Surveying is probably one of those careers that seem quite elusive and mysterious to many people. But no doubt just about everyone has seen a surveyor at work, often on the side of a busy road. They are often dressed in hi-vis vest jackets peering through a lensed item on a tripod. But even if it’s not a career path that may seem entirely interesting the people who do conduct archaeological surveys are providing a very important service when it comes to building and planning permission.

An archaeological survey basically consists of collecting information about a specific location, particularly if said location is to have something built onto it. The purpose of this survey is to check to see whether or not the chosen spot is home to any potential archaeological, or historical, significance before any development can get under way. By conducting such an investigation it can be better determined whether or not the land in question is suitable for constructing on and whether or not it holds any important heritage which should not be disturbed.

So say you are looking for planning permission for a particular project you wish to build but don’t have the skills, experience or general know how when it comes to surveying. Where do you turn to for such services? Fortunately for most types of surveying work that need to be done there are plenty of places that cane be found with a quick search on the Internet. But even if you know where to go to get the best type of survey for the job you need doing, you may be a little perplexed as to what type of survey you need performing.

So what kind of land needs a survey?

Rural sites A lot of rural areas are used for planning permission and construction, and a survey that is conducted in such an area usually covers a large plot of land. Generally speaking, a rural survey is performed on settlement sites, fields and enclosures, pits, and even industrial sites.

Urban sites Differing in some respects to a survey in more rural areas, if a survey is needed needs to be conducted in urban settlements then it can be considered more demanding and complex. Typical targets covered include: former road structures, walls and building foundations etc.

Historic buildings Sometimes archaeological surveys may need to be conducted in sites that already maintain heritage in order to further understand the surrounding environment. These types of surveys can cover tombs, graves historical gardens and even churches.


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