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Position Statement: Solar farms and the assessment of buried archaeological remains

The following position statement emphasises the importance of proactive engagement between the solar energy sector and archaeology stakeholders to ensure sustainable development practices.

Key points
  • The document highlights the need for expert assessment of impacts on the historic environment when developing solar farms.
  • It explains that solar PV developments require a different approach to assessment due to minimal impacts on buried archaeological remains compared to other types of developments.
  • The position statement aims to promote proportionate assessment for solar development and improve sustainability credentials through collaboration between the solar energy sector and archaeology stakeholders.