Project Background

ADAS archaeological consultants were asked to advise on the potential impact on the historical environment planning application for a 74m to tip height single turbine development on land at Skylark farm, Everingham, North Yorkshire.

The proposed development was located near an area of high archaeological potential for buried archaeology dating to the Iron age and Roman-British period, as indicated by cropmarks visible on aerial photographs of the landscape to the east of the site.

During the application process Historic England and the local authority Conservation officer expressed concerns that the wind turbine may have a detrimental visual impact on the setting of the eastern approach avenue to Londesborough Grade II Registered Park and Garden and the Grade I Listed gate piers at the park.

Scope of works

ADAS archaeological consultants prepared a historic environment desk-based assessment as part of the planning application which assessed the impact that the groundworks for the construction of the wind turbine might have on buried archaeological remains as well as the impact that the development might have on the settings of heritage assets in the surrounding landscape.

ADAS archaeological consultants, working closely with ADAS landscape architects, were able to demonstrate that the proposed development would have a less than substantial impact on the setting of Londesborough Registered Park and Garden by using appropriate visually verified photomontages and wireframe images. As a result of this work, initial concerns raised by Historic England and the Conservation officer were addressed to their satisfaction.

ADAS archaeological consultants negotiated effectively with Humber Archaeology Partnership, the archaeological advisors to the Local Planning Authority, to ensure that archaeological mitigation recommended by the local authority was proportionate to the impact and scale of the development.

Results

The planning application for this single wind turbine was subsequently approved in a meeting of the planning committee for East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Contact us

Contact our Archaeology team at archaeology@adas.co.uk for more information.