Law and the Historic Environment

Course summary

Law and the Historic Environment


Anybody conducting or planning investigations of the historic environment will be confronted by a wide range of issues that may have legal consequences. This course provides an introduction for all who need to gain a broad understanding of the main legislative, regulatory and policy regimes for the historic environment, the ways in which those regimes are being applied at present, and the implications in practice for those working in the area. 

The course is designed for those responsible for the supervision and conduct of historic environment investigations, whether in the professional or voluntary sectors. This will include those holding, or working towards, supervisory or higher levels of responsibility within professional practices, as well as those in curatorial or consultancy roles.

The course will cover the law of England and Wales only. Health and Safety will not be covered in this course.


National Occupational Standards for Archaeology: this course contributes to the Knowledge Requirements for

AA1      Develop policies and guidance for archaeology


AA3      Establish plans and monitor policy implementation


AB2      Develop and agree objectives for projects




Programme details



09.00     Registration and coffee/tea

09.30     Welcome and Introduction

09.45     Law and the Historic Environment: introduction & overview

10.00     What the law protects

-              Listed buildings/the extent of listing

-              Scheduled monuments

-              Conservation areas

-              Parks/gardens/battlefields

-              World Heritage Sites

-              Non-designated assets   

11.00     Coffee/tea         

11.30     Development control and the Historic Environment

-              Planning applications

o             Overview

o             The National Planning Policy Framework

o             Environmental Impact Assessment

o             Planning Conditions/Section 106 Agreements

o             Development affecting heritage assets/setting

o             Demolition in conservation areas

o             Archaeology

-              Listed building consent

-              Scheduled monument consent NH

13.00     Lunch   

14.00     Archaeological Investigations: Things to be aware of (1)

-              Ownership

-              Treasure

-              Protected species and habitats

-              Contamination

-              Landscape designation (AONBs/SSSIs etc)              

14.30     Archaeological Investigations: Things to be aware of (2)

-              Human remains

15.00     Practical exercise

15.30     Tea/coffee

16.00     Feedback from practical exercise              

16.15     General discussion and questions

16.45    Course ends



Accommodation is not included in the price, but depending on availability it may be possible to stay at Rewley House the night before your course.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email  for details of availability and prices.


Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.


Tuition includes coffee/tea: £216.00
Baguette Lunch: £4.70
Full Hot Lunch: £13.50


Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking. Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email:



Robin Barnes


planning solicitor at BrookStreet des Roches LLP

Dr Louise Loe


Head of Heritage Burials, Oxford Archaeology

Caroline May


environmental partner at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Mr Nigel Hewitson

Course Director

Solicitor and Partner, BrookStreet des Roches LLP. Nigel Hewitson was Legal Director of English Heritage from 2001-2006

Mr Roger M Thomas

Course Director

School of Archaeology, University of Oxford


Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.