Sustainability Appraisal - Second Interim SA Report Appraising Options for the Provision of Strategic Distribution Growth (Feb 2016)

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Sustainability Appraisal - Second Interim SA Report Appraising Options for the Provision of Strategic Distribution Growth (Feb 2016)

Q1. Do you have any comments to make on the Second Interim Sustainability Appraisal Report - Appraising Options for Strategic Distribution growth (Feb 2016)?

Representation ID: 5322

Received: 16/03/2016

Respondent: Historic England

Representation Summary:

A strategic study of capacity and needs looking at distribution issues across the county, should help to frame thinking on options.

Sites around Magna Park should be subject to assessment of the impact upon designated and undesignated heritage assets, and their settings, to enable safe evidenced based decisions. Recommended studies will assist you, in relation to the NPPF and Statute, to apply the required great weight to the conservation of Designated Heritage Assets (in their settings) and remains of demonstrably equivalent importance to Scheduled Ancient Monuments and in having special regard to the desirability of preserving the special historic and architectural interest of Listed Buildings and their settings and the character of Conservation Areas.

We recommend that your authority address in detail the issues raised and follow closely the advice of LCC Development Control Archaeologicals and Historic Buildings Officer, in considering options in line with you emerging stratgey for expansion at Magna Park and local and national planning policy and guidance.

In taking a strategic approach to options for expansion at Magna Park, your authority should give great weight to the conservation of the Scheduled Ancient Monument and consider whether there is clear and convincing justification, specifically for Option C, as required for any harm or loss to a designated heritage asset under NPPF para 132.


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Sustainability Appraisal - Second Interim SA Report Appraising Options for the Provision of Strategic Distribution Growth (Feb 2016)

Strategic Distribution Option A

Representation ID: 5323

Received: 16/03/2016

Respondent: Historic England

Representation Summary:

Some harm to the significance of the scheduled ancient monument (Bittesby Medival Village) will likely result from Option A, in terms of additional intrusion into its setting particuarly in views from the north end of the medieval village looking east. Although this will be to an extent mitigated by the reinforcement of historic boundary planting.

Whilst impacts are not in our view likely to be great, from Option A, they should still be weighed by your authority against public benefits.

You should also ensure sufficent understanding of the extent and potential nature of any impacts upon water supply and flow characteristics to Claybrook Mill (a Grade II listed building).

With regard to comparative and cumulative impacts between schemes (options)adjacent to Magna Park we refer you to the outcome of this consultation and your strategic consideration of options for expansion.

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Sustainability Appraisal - Second Interim SA Report Appraising Options for the Provision of Strategic Distribution Growth (Feb 2016)

Strategic Distribution Option B

Representation ID: 5324

Received: 16/03/2016

Respondent: Historic England

Representation Summary:

We draw your authority's attention to the importance of the detailed advice of the County Council Development Control Archaeologists in respect of sufficient information to make a safe and evidence based determination.

Additional information should be such that a sufficient understanding of the archaeological potential of the site and the context of historic finds in the vicinity of the site can be properly understood.

Your authority should also ensure that the applicant's assertions (re.Option B) as to lack of indivisibility between the listed buildings in Cotesbach and the site have been properly evidenced and tested to your authority's satisfaction such that Special Regard can be afforded by you in line with the 1990 Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas Act.

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Sustainability Appraisal - Second Interim SA Report Appraising Options for the Provision of Strategic Distribution Growth (Feb 2016)

Strategic Distribution Option C

Representation ID: 5325

Received: 16/03/2016

Respondent: Historic England

Representation Summary:

Earthwork and below ground remains of medieval settlement at Bittesby are a Scheduled Monument designated on the basis of national archaeological importance.

The scheme will be harmful to the monument's significance through the transformation of its historic landscape setting from agriculture. An important north-south axis through the monument and along the Claybrook Steam to Ullesthorpe and Claybrook Magna and Parva is retained, but Bittesby House with its landscape approach and surviving ridge and furrow cultivation remains would be lost.Your authority should weigh harm against public benefits giving great weight to the conservation of the designated heritage asset.

As per the outline element of planning appliication 15/-1531/OUT, Option C preserves under grass the rising ground to the east of the medieval village and retains views and connectivity along the Claybrook Stream. These measures arguably constrain the harm of the scheme to a level below substantial harm. However all harm must be clearly justified and weighed against public benefits.

The transformation of much of the historic agrarian landscape setting of the scheduled monument to one of large buildings, fences and roadways will represent harm to the significance of the designated heritage asset and notwithstanding mitigation measures would tend to the site's isolation from its historic context.

Authority should give great weight to the conservation of the designated heritage asset, weighing harm against public benefits. Assessment of significance should be used as a basis to avoid or minimise conflict between the heritage asset's conservation and any aspect of the proposal.

We draw your particular attention to the impact and necessity to the scheme (Option C) of the loss of Bittesby House and its grounds. The setting contribution made by this undesignated heritage asset to the significance of the Scheduled Ancient Monument should be carefully considered.

In taking a strategic approach to options for Magna Park you should give great weight to the conservation of the scheduled ancient monument and consider whether there is clear and convincing jusification for this specific option, as required for any harm or loss to a designated heritage asset under NPPF para 132.
Should your authority be minded to select (Option C) the retension of Parcel D in postive management and the optimal natural and historic management of the Scheduled Ancient Monument must be secured by the most robust forms of tenure, funds, undertakings and oversight such that further harm or loss in those areas is secured against in perpetuity.

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