“Making a detailed recording of the archaeological and geological history and constitution of all our proposed development sites is an important part of the planning process.”
A programme of archaeological investigations is under way on the site of a proposed new residential development to the south of Barton-upon-Humber.
Banks Property has submitted a planning application to North Lincolnshire Council for a 26.3 hectare site to the east of the A15 and south of Horkstow Road which would include up to 390 high-quality homes of different sizes and types, including up to 20 per cent affordable housing and up to 20 bungalows.
As part of the standard preparations for the scheme’s progression, Banks has commissioned independent experts from the Leeds-based West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service (WYAAS) to carry out detailed investigations right across the site.
More than 80 shallow trenches are being excavated across the site as part of the project, which is expected to take around four weeks to complete.
Any discoveries of note will be fully catalogued and removed from the site where appropriate, with a report on the findings being prepared by WYAAS for the local authority and Banks in due course.
A community orchard, wildflower meadows and new allotments are all included set to form part of the new development, along with new footpaths, wetland areas, wildlife habitats, local road links and more than 13 hectares of additional public open space, which equates to over 50 percent of the total site area.
A children’s play area and outdoor exercise area will also be included, while funding will be allocated to ensure a regular full day bus service serves the site and south of the town to provide a sustainable connection to the wider community and to enable onward connections by bus and rail.
Part of The Banks Group, Banks Property has developed land for commercial and residential property schemes across the north of England and Scotland using their ‘development with care’ approach for more than 30 years.
The Barton development is the first project to be led by the team in the firm’s new Yorkshire office, which has been set up to help enhance the firm’s presence right across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
John Ruddick, senior property development manager at Banks Property, says: “Making a detailed recording of the archaeological and geological history and constitution of all our proposed development sites is an important part of the planning process.
“The independent team of experts that we have appointed are conducting a thorough assessment of how this land is composed, and we’re looking forward to seeing what their investigations reveal.
“Increasing the supply of quality housing is a crucial part of ensuring people can choose to move to or stay in the places where they want to live, and our aim is to address this need in Barton by design a development that brings a range of economic, employment, environmental, supply chain and social benefits to the area.”