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Orion Heritage is advising Redrow Homes and Wates Developments on the heritage aspects of an allocated 1500 dwelling and employment site at Bicester. A key issue for the development was the effect on the setting of the scheduled remains of Wretchwick Deserted Medieval Village (DMV) and how the developemnt of the allocated site would change the setting of the DMV. Following a detailed assessment of the setting of the DMV, the masterplan incorporated a buffer zone for the DMV based on the results of the setting assessment. The extent of the buffer zone was the subject of extensive negotiations with Historic Engand and Oxfordshire County Council.

The site was subject to an extensive geophysical survey which was followed by evluation trenching which revealed that the DMV extended beyond the scheduled area which resulted in part of the scheme being redesigned to preserve these remains. The trenching also revealed prehistoric, Roman and post-medieval remains elsewhere within the site. These remains require mitigation excavation as a condition of planning permission.

The project is on-going.