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PPS 6: Planning, Archaeology and The Built Heritage
Annex B: Legislative Arrangements for Archaeological Sites

Scheduling of Historic Monuments

B1 Under the Historic Monuments and Archaeological Objects (NI) Order 1995 (the 1995 Order) the Department has a duty to compile and maintain a schedule of monuments. Monuments on the schedule have statutory protection and inclusion is at the Department’s discretion. In practice most proposals for scheduling originate within the Department’s Environment and Heritage Service Opens link in a new browser window and consultation is required with the Historic Monuments Council Opens link in a new browser window before a monument is added to or removed from the schedule. Occupied dwellings and churches still in ecclesiastical use cannot be scheduled. The non-statutory criteria for scheduling are set out in paragraph B12 below.
B2 Owners are normally notified in writing before monuments are added to the schedule. Scheduled sites are registered as a charge in the Land Registries of Northern Ireland. Lists of scheduled monuments are published on an annual basis, and enquiries concerning these lists should be addressed to Environment and Heritage Service, 5 - 33 Hill St, Belfast BT1 2LA. Scheduled monuments are also identified in the Northern Ireland Sites and Monuments Record which is available for consultation through the Monuments and Buildings Record maintained by Environment and Heritage Service at the above address.
B3 The present schedule of some 1,350 sites has been compiled over a period of 72 years, since the introduction of the Ancient Monuments (NI) Act, 1926 and work continues towards protecting a representative sample of all site types. Even so large numbers of known archaeological sites are likely to remain unscheduled, and whether or not they are preserved will depend on the value of the remains, the commitment of owners and the public and the policies of public agencies.
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