Surveys for Friends’ School sites

PUBLISHED: 06:16 20 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:44 31 May 2010

ARCHAEOLOGICAL surveys relating to the Friends School s development application are being conducted this week. Essex County Council requested that Uttlesford District Council (UDC) arrange surveys of two of the sites contained in the Friends application

ARCHAEOLOGICAL surveys relating to the Friends' School's development application are being conducted this week.

Essex County Council requested that Uttlesford District Council (UDC) arrange surveys of two of the sites contained in the Friends' application before the district council can decide on whether to grant planning permission.

One of the sites on the school's plans and located at the edge of the school's playing fields, was due to be surveyed on Monday morning. But the assessment was cancelled after a county council officer decided the potential gains did not outweigh the damage that could have been done.

Senior Development Control Officer at Essex County Council Richard Havis said: "Upon reaching the site, it was decided that there was too much undergrowth to conduct the survey.

"Dense plants and shrubs, which had apparently been growing for 15 years, were about 10 or 12 feet high and

it was decided the ecological damage would have outweighed any archaeological benefit. We will wait until after UDC has come to a decision on the application and if necessary, then conduct the survey."

An archaeological assessment company, Archaeological Solutions, had been contracted to undertake the survey.

They were due to carry out a survey on another part of the Friends' development area, near the water tower on Debden Road, this week.

UDC's development control committee has set a provisional date of August 2 for a decision on the Friends' application, which includes the building of more than 160 new homes.

The plans are available for public inspection at the London Road council offices or online via the website www.uttlesford.gov.uk

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