Client: Persimmon Homes

Project: Berkeley, Gloucestershire new housing development

Location: Berkeley, Gloucestershire

Scope

Cotswold Archaeology has been supporting Persimmon Homes on a new development of 180 homes on the eastern edge of the town of Berkeley since 2013. Our commission comprised all of the assessment work to support the planning application which included desk-based research, geophysical survey, LiDAR assessment and archaeological trial trenching; culminating in the Cultural Heritage Chapter of the Environmental Statement.

In the summer of 2016 we supported our client acting as the Expert Witness during the Public Inquiry for the planning appeal.

Points of interest

The key heritage consideration during the assessment work, which went on to become the key matter during the planning appeal, was the setting of Berkeley Castle and how the proposed new houses might harm its significance. This  important Castle is steeped in history, being one of ‘Marcher Castles’ built by the Norman Barons in the late 11th and early 12th centuries. It association with key moments of English history does not end with the Normans; the Castle was the location of gruesome murder of King Edward III in 1327 and the Castle also played a strategic role during the English Civil War.