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Chair. Ashley Batten, Gwynedd Archaeological Trust
Vice-Chair. Chris Martin, Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust
Executive Committee. Edith Evans, Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust; Ken Murphy, Dyfed Archaeological Trust; Fiona Gale, Denbighshire County Council; Alice Thorne, Brecon Beacons National Park Authority; John Roberts, Snowdonia National Park Authority

These pages will provide information on particular issues for the Association relating to Wales.

ALGAO:Cymru is the national ALGAO body for Wales. Arrangements for the provision of archaeological information and advice to Local Authorities and National Parks in Wales differ from those in England and Scotland.

The Welsh Archaeological Trusts were set up in the 1970s in response to the increasing damage to Wales' historic environment as a result of the lack of specialist archaeological advice available to local planning authorities. Since then a number of authorities have employed their own in-house specialist advisors to work alongside the WATs and great progress has been made in projecting archaeology firmly into the local planning process. PPG 16 came into force in Wales in 1991 and was superseded by Welsh Office Circular 60/96 'Planning and the Historic Environment: Archaeology'. This, in conjunction with Planning Policy Wales and Welsh Office Circular 61/96 'Planning and the Historic Environment: Historic Buildings and Conservation Areas', provides the framework for the protection of archaeology in Wales within the planning process.

The Historic Environment (Wales) 2016 Act made amendments to two pieces of UK legislation: The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 and the Town and Country Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. In May 2016 provisions came into effect extending the definition of a Scheduled Monument and creating a new system of enforcement and temporary stop notices for both Scheduled Monuments and Listed Buildings. In May 2017 the Historic Environment Records became statutory and a number of guidance documents were produced to underpin the Act, including Technical Advice Note (TAN) 24: The Historic Environment.

In addition to the protection of the historic environment through the planning process the members also work more broadly to develop greater understanding and improve the conservation of Wales' historic environment. Much of the work of the members is carried out in partnership with Cadw and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales as well as other national bodies and agencies such as the Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government.

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