Heritage and Planning are both devolved responsibilities in the UK. The Assemblies of Wales and Northern Ireland, and parliament in Scotland, pass their own laws in these areas. Wales and Scotland currently (as of 2015) have new Heritage Bills in progress.
The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act of 1979 is still in effect but clearly outdated. It covers scheduled sites rather than archaeology generally. There is a similarly-
The UK parliament in Westminster is responsible for drafting any new Heritage Bill to apply in England. This would be done through the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS), perhaps working in co-
In the absence of a Heritage Act in England, decisions on archaeology and conservation are made with reference to the planning rules -
The Government has also published Guidance Notes on Conserving and enhancing the historic environment