A Watching Brief is the most frequently required archaeological condition to be included on the Notice of Decision .
All below-ground / ground disturbance work (including access roads, foundations, services trenches, and fence posts) must be carried out under the supervision of an archaeologist, in compliance with the previously approved Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI).
Time must be allowed for the full monitoring and recording of all archaeological features encountered.
The duration of the monitoring work, and number of site visits, will depend upon the length of time required for the ground works to be completed, as they often run in conjunction with each other. However, only time spent on the project will be charged by PastSearch.
Archaeological material collected during the on site monitoring will be analysed by specialists.
A report will then be produced which will include results of the monitored ground works, plans and section drawings, photographs and any required specialist assessments.
The report will then need to be sent to the local planning authority by the client/agent to fully discharge the set planning condition.