AFTER several years of uncertainty, a housing
complex of 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroomed houses has been built on the site of a well-known agricultural business.
Burgess (Agricultural Engineers) Ltd was once sited in
buildings in St Anne's Lane, off Welsh Row (above, left). When that was
demolished the site lay derelict.
At one time the site was all set to become the location for 62 sheltered housing apartments for
the elderly, together with offices and a shop. The name St Anne's Court had been approved
Nantwich Town Council weren't completely happy as they said there would be
"traffic issues" with vehicles emerging from St Anne's Lane on to Welsh Row.
The former Crewe
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.
The then Historic
Environment Planning Officer (Archaeology) for the former Cheshire County
Mark Leah, called for a ban on building work until
a dig had been carried out on the site.
At the time, 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
showed that there was
archaeology across much of the site).
archaeology firm had already carried out such a lot of Roman archaeology'."
Mark 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."
historical artefacts found on a development site cannot be easily removed
they are left in place
- for future archaeologists to try to remove. With better means of
access available to them, presumably. But the foundations of new buildings
are designed so that the artefacts are not damaged in the meantime.]
AS work got underway on the development, Mark
- now the
Development Control Archaeologist, Cheshire Archaeology
Planning Advisory Service, Cheshire Shared
Services - gave me an
update on the site: