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Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service

This section outlines who GLAAS are, and what we do.

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What is the Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service?

The Greater London Archaeology Advisory Service (GLAAS) is part of Historic England's London Local Office and a Chartered Institute for Archaeologists' (CIfA) Registered Organisation. Working with a number of partners, developers, archaeologists, and London boroughs, we promote understanding and enjoyment of our archaeological heritage through its protection, management and interpretation. You can follow us on Twitter @GlaasLdn.

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What is the role of the Greater London Archaeological Advisory Service?

We provide advice for the whole of Greater London, with the exception of the City of London, and the London Borough of Southwark who have their own archaeological planning advisers.

High standards and up-to-date professional methods are vital for understanding the significance of any heritage assets affected by development schemes.This understanding is a requirement of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

We have published a Charter which explains our services and how we deliver them. We have produced guidelines for archaeological policies and investigation in Greater London based on national planning policy and professional standards.

For GLAAS documents please see Publications and Guidance.

GLAAS also maintains the Greater London Historic Environment Record (GLHER), the only HER managed by Historic England, which contains the core data upon which GLAAS advice is based.

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