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OUDCE – Law and the Historic Environment

5 March - 09:00 - 17:00

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.

Course Directors

Nigel Hewitson, Consultant at Gowling WLG. Nigel Hewitson was Legal Director of English Heritage from 2001-2006 and is joint author of ‘Mynors and Hewitson’ (Listed Buildings and Other Heritage Assets, Sweet and Maxwell (5th edn), 2017), the standard reference work for lawyers, planners and all others working in this area on the law concerning the protection of listed buildings and other heritage assets in the UK.

Roger M Thomas, Barrister and Archaeologist



09.00     Registration and coffee

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


5 March
09:00 - 17:00
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Oxford University Department for Continuing Education


Rewley House
1 Wellington Square
Oxford, OX1 2JA United Kingdom
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