June 2018

Update on Part 1 site investigations

Linden Homes and Miller Homes will shortly be commencing two strands of on-site works on the Part 1 site, including archaeological investigation and the translocation of reptiles.

Chichester District Council have been notified of these works, which are non-intrusive and do not amount to commencement of development on the Phase 1 site.

Archaeological investigations

Further to the archaeological studies undertaken to inform the Part 1 outline planning application, we will shortly be commencing an 8-week programme of archaeological works to test the Part 1 site for the presence / absence of archaeological remains.

These works will begin on Monday 18th June and will involve the digging of more than 200 trial trenches across the Part 1 site. These excavations form the first phase of a staged approach to archaeological works.

The results will be submitted to the Chichester Historic Environment Record and uploaded to the digital archaeological records archive OASIS.

The results will also inform the parameters of any further archaeological works which may need to be undertaken on site before Part 1 development can commence.

The scope and nature of any further works will also be agreed in consultation with the Council, with further information shared with local residents and interest groups accordingly.

Reptile translocation

From July to September 2018, our trained ecologists will be undertaking the translocation (or “re-homing”) of reptiles from the Part 1 site.

The works will involve the installation of semi-permanent fencing around the perimeter of the site, together with additional internal fencing to facilitate the capture.

Reptiles will be captured by hand and safely released into the receptor area immediately to the north of the Part 1 site.

A total of 70 days have been earmarked for the translocation, although the capture effort will not be deemed completed until five consecutive negative days (i.e. days without capture) are recorded.

Undertaking these works during active reptile season will enable all translocated animals to find hibernation sites before winter.