View Full Version : Continuing Archaeological Problems in Northants

29th November 2007, 03:39 PM
Northampton Chronicle Thurs 29th November:

quote:Archaeologists win last-minute demolition reprieve

Archaeologists have won a last-minute reprieve from planners to halt the demolition of a factory in Northampton which is situated on an historic Saxon burial ground.
After passionate pleas by three members of the public, WNDC planners were forced to admit they had not realised the significance of the site and suggested there was a shortfall in archaeological expertise at local authorities.

The site between Gregory Street and Horseshoe Street currently houses a martial arts school and a taxi firm but was listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a site of national historic interest following the discovery of Saxon remains.

Former conservation officer for Northamptonshire County Council, Martin Ellison, said: "This area needs much greater consideration and respect than it has been given in the planning report.

"I had expected a greater level of protest from English Heritage but unfortunately that has not been forthcoming. It isa disgrace that the factory could be demolished without consideration of further archaeological finds which might be discovered underneath."

Plans to demolish the building and turn it into 46 apartments and three commercial units had been approved in principle at an earlier meeting of the WNDC, but planning officer Adrian Arnold vowed to take another look at the history of the site and urged members of the committee to defer any decision until that had been done.

Archaeological digs at the factory have previously uncovered evidence of a medieval town and Saxon artefacts.

Councillor Penny Flavell (Con, St Crispin) said: "I am deeply concerned that it has taken the intervention of the public to come here to tell us of the significance of this site, and it is to their great credit that they have done so.

"Thank goodness they did, because this is a site of national importance."

Curator Kid
29th November 2007, 04:40 PM
Since BAJR sent a letter protesting at the original cuts and warning of the consequences, perhaps a smugly-worded "We told you so" missive should be compiled and forwarded to the Chief Executive et al?

29th November 2007, 05:16 PM
You're presuming, of course, that he/she will a) read it, and b) give a stuff.

Curator Kid
29th November 2007, 05:29 PM
Yeah I hear what you're saying Gog. They usually perk up a bit though, if such letters are copied to the local MP's, papers, Councillors, etc.

29th November 2007, 08:56 PM
Perhaps a told you so.. may be appropriate... plus a letter to the local paper saying that a letter was sent..?:face-huh:

"No job worth doing was ever done on time or under budget.."

30th November 2007, 12:32 PM
And perhaps a letter of congratulations to Adrian Arnold. He really does seem to give a stuff.

30th November 2007, 02:44 PM
Perhaps this and the other thread on this topic should be consolidated.
On the other thread,


Winders states that there is no problem in Northants. However, Vulpes' quote has shown that both former conservation officer Martin Ellison and Councillor Penny Flavell have their concerns. Is this merely a difference of professional opinion (as I suspect that all parties might have had some participaion)? Or is are there more going on than we dig into on a public forum?

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