BURGESSES agricultural business was sited in these
buildings in St Anne's Lane, off Welsh Row.
Now the site is to become the location for 62 sheltered housing apartments for
the elderly, offices and a shop. The development was approved in February.
The name St Anne's Court was approved
But there was difference of opinion between
the developers, MP Nantwich Ltd, and Nantwich Town Council about what should go on the site.
The council said there would be
"traffic issues" as vehicles emerge from St Anne's Lane on to Welsh Row.
and Nantwich Borough Council had previously turned down a plan for 55 apartments, stating the new homes would be too close to homes already in the area.
Actually, a start might not be
made for a while as Cheshire County Council's
Environment Planning Officer (Archaeology),
Mark Leah, has called for a ban on building work
until work has been carried out on the site. That is what happens these days - the
archaeologists get a chance to dig on any historic sites that are opened up in a bid to find some of the
Mark told me: "I
have advised the Borough that any planning permission needs to be accompanied by
a programme of archaeological work (following a programme of trial trenching
which showed that there was archaeology across much of the site)." [An
archaeology firm has already carried out such work on the northern part of the
site and discovered "a lot of Roman archaeology". A report will be published in
went on: "Elsewhere on the site, there is archaeology but this is buried by a
thick deposit of black organic material and I have agreed with the developers
that they will commission their archaeological consultant to liaise over the
design of the foundations so that the archaeology can be preserved in situ."
Another practice of today is to leave in place artefacts that would be tricky to
get at - for future archaeologists to try to remove. With better means at their
disposal, presumably. But the foundations of the new buildings are designed so
that the artefacts are not damaged in the meantime.