Local councils, since the revision of the Monuments Law in september 2007, have a lot of play in fulfilling their commitment to care for monuments though conditions are attached to development plans to do with permissions for design, building and demolition, project choices and exemptions. The most important tool for good Heritage policy is the archaeological prospect and policy map. This contains information about landscape, archaeology and culture-history which new research undertakings do not have to dig up newly each time and cuts costs for contractors. An advantage for the new role of local councils is that they can develop integrated Heritage policies where construction and archaeological/cultural heritage can be attuned to each other, this allied with respect for landscape, city-planning and the environment.
A council can therefore exercise direct influence on the positive effects of Heritage conservation: quality civil planning, tourism, esthetics and identity. Conservation can and should be be balanced with regard to other interests as it is not always seen in a positive light. Proportionality then, is an important element along with expertise in the preparation and execution of policy.
In many cases the foundation for an archaeological prospects map is a policy advice map. Such a map couples concrete advice about the nature and methods of archaeological research with prospects and known terrain. This, linked to council policy, clearly shows what sort of research and how much is needed in specific places. It can also be expanded to include visible monuments and buildings of worth. Both maps form the basis for the conservation of archaeology in the regulations and schema of development plans.
Most councils have already acquired policies concerning archaeology but periodic updating is necessary by incorporating new research. Prospects should be modified by new information thus keeping policy in touch with future desires. Archol, of course, can assist councils with assimilating fresh data.