Initial ecological and archaeological investigations begin at Stanton Cross site

Aug 11, 2014

Initial ecological and archaeological investigations begin at Stanton Cross site


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Ecological and archaeological investigations are underway at the Stanton Cross site to prepare for the first phase of construction.

The work will make sure the development will not interfere with any protected species or disturb unrecorded archaeological sites, whilst ensuring ground conditions and any potential underground contamination are fully accounted for.

The work will make sure the development will not interfere with any protected species or disturb unrecorded archaeological sites, whilst ensuring ground conditions and any potential underground contamination are fully accounted for. Works include looking for evidence of suitable habitats for badgers, reptiles, otter, water vole and bats, as well a thorough investigation of ponds within 500m of the proposed infrastructure area, to assess the suitability for great crested newts.

The excavation of trial pits and boreholes, enabling inspection of the underlying soil, will also ensure the soil’s strength and characteristics are fully understood and can be considered in the design and construction of the development.

In addition, experienced archaeologists are supervising the excavation of trial trenches to investigate the potential for archaeological remains underlying the site.  If found they will be highlighted to the relevant authority and detailed records will be taken.

John Lougher Managing Director of South Midlands Region at Bovis Homes said:

“Assessing the ecological and archaeological significance of the existing land is an important part of any new housing development such as Stanton Cross. We are committed to preserving Wellingborough’s rich archaeological and ecological heritage and look forward to letting you know about any exciting new developments the survey team discover”.