Monday, 16 January 2012

News - History could be lost if hillfort site is developed (Sheffield)

ARCHAEOLOGICAL ‘treasures’ dating back to prehistoric times could be lost if housing plans are approved for a site in Sheffield, a councillor has warned.
Former Lord Mayor Coun Peter Price has spoken out over plans to build 26 homes on land at the end of Sandstone Road, Wincobank, on the Roman ridge overlooking the Lower Don Valley, the site of a former hillfort.
An archaeological survey carried out by Dr Gareth Davies, of Archaeological Research Services has concluded there is ‘medium to high potential’ remains may be intact.
Dr Davies recommended the site should be excavated before any development.
Coun Peter Price is among local councillors and residents who have objected to the plans.
He said: “The site could have archaeological treasures.
“Wincobank Hill is the site of an ancient monument and the way we have allowed this side of the hill to be developed has been shameful.
“Had it been anywhere else in the city, we would have protected it long ago.
“It is also an attractive hillside with footpaths, wonderful views, trees and wildlife and we feel it should be treated as open space.
“I strongly request this application is refused, so residents can continue to enjoy a small bit of attractive open space and our city’s heritage can be preserved.”
DLP Planning, agents for developer Investates Development, said the development would consist of 22 three-bedroom houses and four two-bedroom flats.
The agents said that surveys carried out in 1993 had found no evidence of archaeological remains.

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