Bramble Lane, Wye

Professional advice was sought to assess the potential survival of archaeological remains on a site close to known Roman activity. 

For our client based in Kent, an area of disused former railway depot was considered an interesting site for a small housing development of 14 units The site was bounded by a railway line immediately to the east, with a railway station a short distance to the south. A Desk Based Assessment was required to be submitted with the Planning Application.

A brownfield site across the millennia.

This brownfield development site lay adjacent to important early Roman industrial activity. Archaeological work in 2008 revealed extensive remains of kilns, burials, pits, ditches, post holes and other cultural material – most of which was unknown to our client.  As a result of the 2008 discovery, the LPA considered that there was a potential for further similar remains being present in the application site. The key question was had the much later railway development damaged or even destroyed such remains? Professional archaeological advice was sought assess the potential survival of archaeological remains to inform the LPA decision on the application..

Swift turnaround of final report .

Once commissioned, AB Heritage Consultants undertook the DBA, which included a review of all known online data and previous works, review of documents at the local records office, a site visit, liaison with the LPA and the compilation of a fully illustrated professional report, within 4 weeks.

The Desk Based Assessment concluded a Medium to High potential for surviving Roman finds within the site boundary, although these may have been subject to a degree of truncation from the construction of the depot. Further Evaluation work was recommended.

Our Client was provided with a clear presentation of the likely scale of the survival of archaeological remains on his land. AB Heritage provided a justified recommendation that would allow our client to progress his planning application and be ready for tackling the next stage without any unforeseen surprises from archaeology.

Picture: Kent Online

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