Haredon House, Sutton
If your proposed development is in an Archaeological Priority Area, it is often cost-effective to commission a Desk-Based Assessment in preparation for Planning Application submission.
AB Heritage Limited was commissioned to produce an Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment (DBA) covering proposed development Haredon House, 810 London Road, Sutton, London, ahead of planning approval being sought.
The proposed development site was occupied by a multi-purpose building with external parking and lawned areas. It was located within an Archaeological Priority Area and as such any development proposals would be rigorously assessed in light of this.
Gaining an understanding of all local potential impacts
To help our clients prepared for planning our consultants reviewed all of the known cultural heritage features within 1km of the centre point of the proposed development in order to gain an understanding of the potential for the presence of archaeological features, and assess the potential impact of the proposed development upon these.
Based on research and known historical development of the site and the surrounding area, our consultants concluded that there was limited potential for the recovery of archaeological material within the footprint of the building due to past impacts.
However, the areas which had been subjected to less past impact may have contained Roman material, in association with the former Roman road.
Roman Archaeology was a possibility . . .
In line with Development Policies, our DBA recommended that an archaeological evaluation should take place in an area limited to the proposed extension on the north-western side of the existing building, in advance of development., and in so doing was able to reduce the extent of potential costly evaluation and mitigation works.
Images: The external face of Haredon House from the south west. Construction work underway beneath the building.