No development shall take place until a written scheme of investigation (WSI) for archaeological work has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The WSI shall as a minimum make provision for:
(i) Before remediation or development commences, archaeological evaluation of borehole and trenching data
(ii) Before remediation or development commences, initial archaeological survey (drawn and photographed) of the whole application site, with particular emphasis on the remains the subject of preservation in situ
(iii) Where practical and before remediation or construction works takes place on site an archaeological strip, map and sample of remains of high significance suggested by the borehole/trenching data, or observed during the initial survey
(iv) An archaeological watching brief of all ground disturbance during the remediation works and during construction ground works in areas identified as archaeologically sensitive
(v) Protection during development, followed by consolidation and preservation of high value remains left in situ
(vi) a general programme of works and monitoring arrangements, including reasonable notification to the local planning authority of commencement of works
(vii) details of staff involvement in carrying out the work (including specialists), and their qualifications and responsibilities
(viii) the timetable for completing post-excavation assessment.
(a) Provision for the analysis, archiving and publication of the results of the archaeological surveys and excavations shall be secured to the satisfaction of the local planning authority by the developer before the development is brought into use.
(b) The development shall not without the prior written approval of the local planning authority be carried out otherwise than in accordance with the approved WSI, and the consolidation and preservation of on-site remains as provided for in the WSI (or as otherwise agreed at any time in writing by the local planning authority) shall be secured by the developer and/or landowner on an on-going basis.
REASON: The site contains remains of significant archaeological interest, some of which merit preservation in situ.
REASON FOR PRE-COMMENCEMENT: A pre-commencement condition is required to ensure that no remains are disturbed or otherwise compromised by site excavation of other ground works.