Malvern Hills contains archaeological evidence from the Palaeolithic through all periods into modernity. Land around Malvern Hills are rich with evidence of Iron Age and Romano-British occupation. The wider district holds evidence of land which has been occupied by people for thousands of years. Development can harm archaeology, Malvern Hills District Council has its own archaeological advisor who can provide information regarding archaeological potential within the district to members of the public.

Since April 2022 we have been charging for archaeological curatorial services. The service includes advice and liaison throughout the archaeological works, including the provision of a brief (if requested), checking the Written Scheme of Investigation for compliance with local and national standards, monitoring fieldwork and ensuring any archaeological reports generated by the project are acceptable. The Archaeology and Planning Advisor will be happy to offer advice on all stages of the proceedings. There may also be a charge for additional site visits if required if it is considered that breaches of condition have taken place or when other situations arise that require a visit additional to the usual service.

Payment is normally based on the size of the development.

Single dwelling - Watching brief or lower-level building recording: £66.00 (Inc VAT) £55.00 (Exc VAT)

Small development up to 1ha: £288.00 (Inc VAT) £240.00 (Exc VAT)

Medium development 1-15ha: £534.00 (Inc VAT) £445.00 (Exc VAT)

Large or strategic development 15ha and over: £1068.00 (Inc VAT) £890.00 (Exc VAT)

A customer can phone planning support on 01386 565565, staff will see the option to take payments for ‘Archaeology Fee’ from their drop down list. A payment reference is required which is normally the planning application number with the code ‘MARC’ instead of the application type, for example, **/*****/MARC. 

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Aidan Smyth, Archaeology and Planning Advisor

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Phone: 01386 565397