Concerns over plan for homes

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CONCERNS have been raised over plans to build homes in an area of ‘high archaeological importance’.

Sixteen new detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, including five affordable homes, have been earmarked for development on land at Dover Farm, in Stow Road, Ixworth.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee yesterday granted planning permission and listed building consent when it discussed the proposals.

As part of the plans, two traditional timber framed barns – one of which is Grade II listed – will be converted into three homes.

Other buildings and redundant silos on the site will be demolished to make way for 13 houses.

However, the authority has received letters of objection from residents who noted that the site ‘falls within the curtilage of an important un-excavated archaeological site known to contain the remains of both a Roman settlement and a Saxon burial ground’.

They also raised concerns about the potential increase in traffic in Stow Road.

Suffolk County Council’s Archaeological Service acknowledged the site ‘lies in an area of high archaeological importance’.

They raised no objection to the proposal but called for a ‘detailed site investigation to record and advance understanding of the significance of the heritage asset before it is damaged or destroyed’. The need for an archaeological investigation and report have been included as planning conditions.