Heritage and archaeology are one of the strongest tools for engaging with and enthusing the wider public. Countless developments, however, still treat heritage as an obstacle to be negotiated rather than as an opportunity. A strategy for heritage interpretation and access will help add value both to a development and to the local community by generating a series of options. These can range from basic dissemination that maximises investment through to incorporating heritage into long-term landscape plans, or even becoming a partner to existing heritage projects in the local area.
With the National Planning Policy Framework putting sustainability front and centre, developers who make a commitment to the archaeology and heritage of a local area will be leading the way.