What is the Historic Environment Record?
The Historic Environment Record (HER) is a database that holds information on known archaeological sites, finds, landscapes, buildings and other aspects of the historic environment. In addition, it contains information on past research and investigations. There are currently approximately 3,700 data entries within the Redcar and Cleveland HER. The Redcar and Cleveland HER is continually updated with new information provided by professional archaeologists, historians, researchers, metal detectorists and through enhancement projects grant-aided by English Heritage and other bodies.
We recognise fully our statutory duty in relation to having access to an up to date HER; and the importance this can play in informing the decision-making of the planning process for proposed development opportunities. This importance has been emphasised in the Governments National Planning Policy Framework (March 2012).
It is a requirement for local planning authorities is to have the Historic Environment Record up to date as one electronic database, as part of an overall requirement to combine the scheduled ancient monument register with other heritage information (including listed buildings). We are currently undertaking a significant transformation exercise of evolving our HER into a truly integrated single electronic database on the historic and heritage environment of the Borough.
What can be found in the Historic Environment Record?
The Historic Environment Record is a valuable source of information for anyone interested in the archaeology and history of Redcar and Cleveland. Computerised details include site type, period, description of known history and condition, and sources of further information. It is linked to a Geographical Information System (GIS). Alongside the computerised data there are at present many paper records including reports on surveys and excavations, plans and publications. These in due course will be digitised.
Historic Environment Record Interrogation
An online search can be requested by email and the result generated despatched by email in the form of excel spreadsheets and a PDF map, which depicts the site locations as enumerated points. It is currently not possible for public online searching of the HER although we continue to see this as a desirable, but longer term objective through the evolution of the HER.
The Historic Environment Record is also available for consultation every weekday (excluding bank holidays and for two weeks at Christmas and the New Year) between the hours of 9am and 5pm at our Redcar office, Redcar and Cleveland House, Kirkleatham Street, TS10 1RT. As space is limited, an appointment must be arranged in advance of visiting.
Fees for searching the Historic Environment Record
A charging schedule has been introduced for those requesting online searches, especially where a quick response is required or where, in the context of commercial development, comprehensive environmental information is required, for example, in the compilation of environmental impact assessments. The charging schedule for 2017/18 is:
All searches conducted by the Strategic Planning Team will be charged at an hourly rate of £125 for the first hour, and then £50 per subsequent hours (or part thereof), plus VAT. In response the Historic Environment Record search and report conducted by RCBC staff within 10 working days.
An expedited search and report service is available where a response will be provided within 2 working days. For this service there is a charge of £205 for the first hour, and £80 per subsequent hours (or part thereof), plus VAT.
Users are still welcome to visit theHistoric Environment Record in person, but by prior appointment only, and conduct their search at an hourly rate of £35 per hour plus VAT, and in all cases additional charges for printing, postage etc are applicable.
For further information about the Historic Environment Record or to book an appointment, please contact:
Strategic Planning Team
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Redcar & Cleveland House
Telephone: (01287) 612356