AUGUST 31 2022 – “SERIOUS CONCERNS” – CRAWLEY OBSERVER – LETTERS

 

 

Crawley Observer Letters – “Serious concerns” – August 31 2022

Dear Editor

A Walk took place on Bank Holiday Sunday around the Parish of Ifield – an ancient area seriously threatened by a ‘West of Ifield’ developer masterplan of 10,000 houses.

 Historic England’s warning of possible subsidence to St Margaret’s Church – the geographical centre of the ancient Parish – was discussed during the 10k walk.

 An Emergency Parishioners’ Meeting was recommended to address the serious concerns of Historic England – and many others.

 Yours sincerely

 Richard W. Symonds

The Ifield Society

 

SEPTEMBER 8 2022 – “A POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCE” – WEST SUSSEX COUNTY TIMES – LETTERS

 

 

Historic England to Horsham District Council – October 27 2020

HISTORIC ENGLAND – 27 OCTOBER 2020 [2 YEARS AGO – Ed]

EIA/20/0004 – LAND WEST OF IFIELD

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…

St Margaret’s Church

The development has the potential to impact on the Grade 1 listed St Margaret’s Church…

Ifield Court moated site

The development has the potential to impact on the scheduled monument…

 

 

Specialist Archaeological Advice- Place Services – Essex County Council

PLACE SERVICES – 2 NOVEMBER 2022 [2 YEARS AGO – Ed]

SPECIALIST ARCHAEOLOGICAL ADVICE

EIA/20/0004 – WEST OF IFIELD

The site known as West of Ifield has considerable potential for archaeological remains to be present. The geophysical survey and previous fieldwork both in and adjacent to the site has established the presence of archaeological remains, including a probable large settlement site spanning the period between the Late Bronze Age and the later Roman period, as well as a numberof other possible prehistoric /Roman enclosures. It can be anticipated that this will be accompanied by burials on the edges of the settlement or in the near vicinity.

There is also the earthwork remains of a circular mound, the date of which is as yet unknown, although interpretations as a barrow [Bell Barrow? – Ed], small motte and windmill mound have all been suggested.

There are geophysical anomalies suggestive of iron-working pits, again of as yet unknown date, but they could be prehistoric, Roman or medieval in origin. There are also a number of areas of potential ironworking activity close to the River Mole and the Ifield Brook, and a possible bloomery.

There is high potential for significant palaeo-environmental deposits associated with both water courses, and their former routes…

 

Horsham District Council to Ramboll – November 30 2020

 

Planning [Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas] Act 1990 – Section 66(1)

Effect on the significance of heritage assets

 

35. Section 66(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act

1990 (PLBCA) (the Act) states that special regard should be paid to the

desirability of preserving the settings of listed buildings, where those settings

would be affected by proposed development.

The NPPF defines the setting of a heritage asset as the surroundings in which it is experienced. The extent is not

fixed and may change as the asset and its surroundings evolve. Elements of a

setting may make a positive or negative contribution to the significance of an

asset, may affect the ability to appreciate that significance or may be neutral.

36. When considering the impact of a proposed development on the significance of

a designated heritage asset, great weight attaches to the asset’s conservation;

the more important the asset, the greater that weight should be. Significance

can be harmed through development within an asset’s setting. Historic

England guidance: The Setting of Heritage Assets12, indicates that setting

embraces all of the surroundings from which an asset can be experienced or

that can be experienced from or within the asset. Setting does not have a

fixed boundary and cannot be defined, in perpetuity, as a spatially bounded

area or as lying within a set distance of a heritage asset.

37. The significance of a heritage asset is defined in the NPPF as its value to this and future generations because of its heritage interest. That interest may be archaeological, architectural, artistic or historic. Significance derives not only from a heritage asset’s physical presence, but also from its setting. Significance may be harmed by a development and it is necessary to determine the degree of harm that may be caused.

 

 

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