QMark: archaeologically sensitive sites
John Trehy, associate director, Terence O'Rourke considers the importance of a robust EIA process and effective community consultation for an archaeologically sensitive site
We have been involved with the EIA and ongoing archaeological advice for a residential development to the north west of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. The site was found to have key buried archaeological resources such as remnants of a former settlement, which the ground works of the proposed development would inevitably have an impact on.
The planning application and environmental statement (ES), was submitted in autumn 2014 and the scheme was granted outline planning consent in early 2015. However, a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman added further complication to discharging the pre-commencement planning condition for archaeology.
As part of the comprehensive EIA procedure, in line with best practice, as well as undertaking extensive consultation with the archaeology officer at Suffolk County Council, we commissioned several stages of site-specific archaeological evaluation (aerial photography, geophysical ...