Archaeology and planning

Historic Environment Planning Team during the coronavirus

The Historic Environment Planning Team continues to provide the vast majority of its usual advisory services despite the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Team members are not conducting site visits nor attending face-to-face meetings either at County Hall or elsewhere until further notice. In common with most council colleagues, team members are working from home, so please do not send anything via post. The best way to make contact in the present circumstances is via email.

As Officers are now working without immediate access to casework files and the majority of the office-based HER resources, please be aware that responses may take longer than usual. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Historic Environment Planning Team provide a focus for archaeological activity in Surrey, working in partnership with organisations such as the Surrey Archaeological Society and Historic England.

One of the team's major roles is advising on planning proposals for new developments. This is a statutory requirement laid out under a series of English laws, including the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act (1979), and the National Planning Policy Framework. The aim is to preserve our most important archaeological sites and monuments and ensure that, where archaeological evidence must be destroyed by essential development, an appropriate record is made.

When excavation is required, it is professional archaeological organisations that carry it out, and the Historic Environment Planning Team's archaeologists agree the project design as well as monitor the work in progress. All information – and any reports or publications – that result from such work is then approved by the Archaeological Officers and deposited in the Historic Environment Record, with the data subsequently fed into the online HER dataset on Exploring Surrey's Past.

For further information on archaeology in Surrey, please contact:

Mr Tony Howe (Historic Environment Planning Team Manager)

  • Room 340, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN
  • Email Tony Howe via heritageconsultations@surreycc.gov.uk
  • Tel 01483 518783

Providing Strategic planning advice at National, Regional and County levels; team and project management; Guildford Diocese Advisory Committee Archaeological Advisor; County Archaeologist; landscape archaeology and general historic environment advice; advice and guidance on archaeological and heritage planning policy, and planning appeals.


Ms Alexandra Egginton (Archaeological Officer)

  • Room 340, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN
  • Email Alex Egginton via heritageconsultations@surreycc.gov.uk
  • Tel 01483 518789

Providing archaeological development control advice for Surrey Heath and Woking, including archaeological fieldwork monitoring and advice. Archaeological advisor to Mid Sussex and Crawley Districts Councils. Project officer for the Areas of High Archaeological Potential upgrade project, and general archaeological advice.


Mr Nick Truckle (Archaeological Officer)

  • Room 340, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN
  • Email Nick Truckle via heritageconsultations@surreycc.gov.uk
  • Tel 01483 518791, Mobile: 07990 625820

Providing archaeological development control advice for Guildford, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, and Waverley Districts Councils, archaeological fieldwork monitoring and advice, and general archaeological advice.


Mr Nigel Randall (Archaeological Officer)

  • Room 340, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 2DN
  • Email Nigel Randall via heritageconsultations@surreycc.gov.uk
  • Tel 01483 518773

Providing archaeological development control advice for Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Mole Valley, Spelthorne, Tandridge Districts Councils, archaeological fieldwork monitoring and advice and general archaeological advice.