Archaeology and planning

Historic Environment Planning Team service delivery - coronavirus and office move

Certain aspects of the services provided by the Historic Environment Planning Team and the Historic Environment Record are currently disrupted as a result of the current national lockdown in England, and the Team moving out of County Hall, Kingston to its new base in Quadrant Court, Woking.

Staff remain contactable (other than by post) but will be working from home until further notice in accordance with Government and council guidelines. Please note that Surrey County Council offices are currently closed to members of the public, so you cannot visit for meetings or to view Historic Environment Record material until further notice.

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:

Tony Howe (Historic Environment Planning Team Manager)

  • Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ
  • 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.


Alexandra Egginton (Archaeological Officer)

  • Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ
  • Email Alex Egginton via heritageconsultations@surreycc.gov.uk
  • Tel 01483 518789, Mobile 07973 949930
  • Part-time hours, Tuesdays and Thursdays only

Providing archaeological development control advice to Mid Sussex District Council and Crawley Borough Council, archaeological fieldwork monitoring and general archaeological advice.


Nick Truckle (Archaeological Officer)

  • Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ
  • Email Nick Truckle via heritageconsultations@surreycc.gov.uk
  • Mobile: 07990 625820

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


Nigel Randall (Archaeological Officer)

  • Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ
  • Email Nigel Randall via heritageconsultations@surreycc.gov.uk
  • Tel 01483 518773, Mobile 07973 949929
  • Part-time hours, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only

Providing archaeological development control advice for Mole Valley and Tandridge District Councils, archaeological fieldwork monitoring and general archaeological advice.


Roland Smith (Archaeological Officer)

  • Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ
  • Email Roland Smith via heritageconsultations@surreycc.gov.uk
  • Mobile 07816 372201

Providing archaeological development control advice for Elmbridge, Epsom and Ewell, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath and Woking Borough Councils, archaeological fieldwork monitoring and general archaeological advice.