JULY 25 2022 – ‘INTEGRATED LANDSCAPE HERITAGE ASSESSMENTS’ – HISTORIC ENGLAND

Historic England Letter – November 2020

https://historicengland.org.uk/advice/planning/understanding-historic-places/

 

PUBLIC QUESTION – CRAWLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL – FULL COUNCIL MEETING – JULY 20 2022

I would like to ask the following question in person at the CBC Full Council meeting this Wednesday [July 20 – Charis Centre West Green – 7.30pm]. An initial verbal response would be appreciated and, if possible, as I am rather deaf, a more detailed, later written response. If the latter is not possible, then a verbal response will suffice.

 

Richard Symonds – The Ifield Society

Please forgive this preamble, but it is critical background to my short question.

My question relates to that asked of this Cabinet on July 6 two weeks ago, and another question asked at County Hall last Friday, concerning a possible 3,500-year-old Bell Barrow burial ground to the West of Ifield. 

My question also specifically relates to ‘Specialist Archaeological Advice’ by Place Services – advice given by letter two years ago in November 2020, another letter from Historic England on the same date two years ago, and a more recent Heritage Assessment by West Sussex County Council – all concerning SA101 Land West of Ifield.

The ‘Specialist Archaeological Advice’ includes this statement: “There is high potential for significant palaeoenvironmental deposits associated with both water courses [Ifield Brook and the River Mole], and their former routes”. This has been confirmed by County Hall’s recent Heritage Assessment which identified an Oxbow Lake and five Palaeochannels. The Historic England also states – disturbingly: “We think it essential that an integrated landscape approach to assessment of heritage assets (both designated and undesignated) is undertaken…The assessment should also consider the likelihood of alterations to drainage and ground water patterns that might lead to in situ decomposition or destruction of below ground archaeological remains and deposits, and can also lead to subsidence of buildings and monuments…….the development has the potential to impact on the Grade 1 listed St Margaret’s Church”

So, my question is:

“AS STRONGLY ADVISED BY HISTORIC ENGLAND, HAS AN INTEGRATED LANDSCAPE APPROACH TO ASSESSMENT OF HERITAGE ASSETS BEEN UNDERTAKEN BY THIS COUNCIL?”

 

SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION 

“If this Council is genuinely committed to protecting the community’s heritage assets and wildlife, why are you proposing to build a Link Road straight through Willoughby Fields Local Nature Reserve?”