We were appointed as heritage consultants and successfully assisted the client team in achieving outline planning permission on this large greenfield site, despite initial opposition on heritage grounds. Following planning permission, we managed a complex suite of fieldwork, secured by a Heritage Asset Management Strategy which included: archaeological trial trenching, excavation, heritage outreach including information boards; and the conservation plan for the consolidation and conservation of the ruins of a 19th century mill.
Land east of Billingshurst
Devine Homes, Persimmon Homes, Bellway Homes
Billingshurst, West Sussex
The site is a large strategic greenfield site located immediately to the east of the eastern extent of Billingshurst Conservation Area and close to a number of listed buildings. In addition, a known non-designated heritage asset lay on the site (the ruins of a 19th century mill); and the site’s location close to a Roman road suggested there was potential for remains of archaeological significance to survive on the site, most likely dating to the Roman period.
Our knowledge, experience and independence from any contracting or local authority organisation allowed us to provide valuable and cost-effective advice to the client team. We successfully achieved outline planning permission and subsequently addressed the heritage requirements secured by planning conditions on the outline consent. We undertook:
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