Local Planning

‘Archaeologists should dig before planning decision is made’

An archaeological dig on the land where Taylor Wimpey wish to build should be carried out before the planning application for 295 houses is decided, say county council archaeologists.

Previous finds have included prehistoric, Roman and Anglo Saxon remains and there could be an ancient burial mound. Rachael Abraham, the senior archaeological officer, has written to Mid Suffolk planners saying:

In order to establish the archaeological potential of the proposed development area, we would advise that a systematic trial trenched evaluation should be required for this site. The results of the evaluation should be presented as part of this planning application, along with a detailed strategy for further investigation and appropriate mitigation.

They told Taylor Wimpey, during pre-application discussions, that this should be done. Clearly, they are not satisfied with the desk-based assesment carried out for Taylor Wimpey which suggested that, “any further archaeological works at the study site can follow planning consent secured by condition.”

Ms Abraham’s view is:

This site is an area of high archaeological potential given its topographic location sloping down to the River Deben on the north and based upon information recorded within the County Historic Environment Record. The cropmark of a ring ditch/circular feature is recorded within the site (DBN 029), at the eastern end. This may represent the remains of a prehistoric burial mound and therefore has the potential to be associated with human burials, however, the field within which this feature is located is called ‘The Butts’ and so this may be a feature of medieval date associated with an archery practice site. A large scatter of medieval/late Saxon and Roman pottery is recorded from within the site, potentially indicating occupation, and metal finds from medieval and later periods are also recorded (DBN 096). Further scatters of prehistoric, Roman, Anglo Saxon, medieval and post medieval finds are also recorded from fields surrounding the proposed development area.



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