(a) 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 make provision for:
- Before development commences, archaeological evaluation of relevant borehole and vibrocore data
- Before development commences, and taking into account the evaluation where relevant, an agreed site monitoring strategy that provides for interpretation and recording of areas of expected archaeological sensitivity, and for any unexpected discoveries of archaeologically significant deposits or structures
- The systematic recording by photographic and photogrammetric means (including drone survey where appropriate) of structures to be demolished (including old jetties, pumping and custom houses)
- Reasonable notification to the local planning authority of commencement and completion of archaeological work
- Details of staff involvement in carrying out of archaeological work, and their qualifications and responsibilities
- The timetable for completing any post-excavation assessment, archiving and report
(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.
REASON: The site may contain remains of archaeological interest, which should be recorded before they are destroyed.
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.