Case Studies

Orion Heritage undertook a heritage desk-based assessment of the site at an early stage of the promotion of the site. This concluded that the site had potential for prehistoric and Roman remains of local significance. It concluded that there were no issues with the setting of nearby designated heritage assets. A subsequent geophysical survey of the site revealed the remains of a Roman settlement within the north western part of the site.

Following submission of the planning application, archaeological evaluation trenching was undertaken which confirmed the presence of a small Roman settlement within the site and also revealed a Roman human burial. A large ammonite fossil was revealed in the underlying limestone rock underneath a ditch of the Roman settlement.

Planning permission was granted with a condition requiring a programme of archaeological mitigation excavation. Orion negotiated and agreed the scope of the mitigation works with the LPA ahead of the site being put on the market.

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