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Heritage, Archaeology and Conservation

In East Lindsey we have a vast and fascinating heritage. This can be seen throughout our towns, villages and within the wider landscape. It is important that this heritage is preserved and enhanced so that future generations can continue to enjoy it. To ensure local heritage is given due consideration during development we have two specialist Officers, who provide advice relating to all types of heritage asset.

Lincolnshire County Council provide advice relating to the county's Archaeology and its setting. This can include planning applications that involve digging or development in areas that have the potential to disturb or affect remains. Lincolnshire County Council are also responsible for maintaining and providing access to our Historic Environment Record (HER).

We also provide advice in house, on development relating to Historic Buildings and Conservation Areas, or their setting, through our Planning Service. This includes both designated and non-designated heritage assets.

Current government planning guidance, The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), requires an applicant to provide sufficient information to understand the potential impact of a proposal on any heritage asset as part of the planning process. To assist with this, we provide pre-application advice. More information on our pre-application service can be found here.

The following pages should answer some of your questions regarding Heritage, Archaeology and Conservation but for more site-specific advice and guidance, you can contact us on:


For Planning advice, a Duty Officer is available Monday - Friday 08:45-17:00 (closed Bank Holidays) on:

Address: Planning Service, East Lindsey District Council, Tedder Hall, Manby Park, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 8UP.

Tel: 01507 601111



Contact Lincolnshire County Council for Archaeological advice or for access to the HER, Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00 (closed Bank Holidays) from:

Address: Planning and Environment, Places Team (Archaeology), Lancaster House, 36 Orchard Street, Lincoln, LN1 1XX.

Tel: 01522 782070


Draft Conservation Area Appraisals for Alford, Horncastle, Louth, Spilsby, Wainfleet and Woodhall Spa are available for you to download.
Conservation Areas are designated by the Council and cover those areas which possess special architectural or historic interest. In East Lindsey, there are seventeen Conservation Areas. Conservation Areas often represent a familiar and valued local scene, thus are granted greater protection against alterations to buildings and spaces, including trees.
Some heritage assets are considered to be of national or even international significance. Therefore, the law imposes tight control over destruction of, or alterations to these sites. These sites include: archaeological sites, historic buildings, shipwrecks, parks, formal gardens and battlefields. They are referred to collectively as Designated Heritage Assets.
The Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) is a computer index of all known archaeological sites in Lincolnshire. It contains roughly 15,000 records, which are cross-referenced to an archaeological archive. The SMR is also sometimes known as The Historic Environment Record (HER).