Lake Lothing Third Crossing

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Lake Lothing Third Crossing

Received 24 September 2018
From Historic England


On 1st April 2015 Historic England was vested (retaining the formal title of the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England) and is the government service championing England’s heritage and giving expert, constructive advice.

There is potential for this development to impact upon the historic environment, and that without mitigation this impact has the potential to be significant in relation to some receptors. We are aware that the application includes a comprehensive Environmental Statement and that amendments have been made to the ES since our letter of advice in relation to the PEIR consultation and helpful discussion of our comments is set out in the ES.

We have previously raised concerns about the direct impact of the development upon non-designated heritage assets within the area of the development footprint, including palaeoenvironmental deposits dating to the Holocene and possible earlier. We are pleased to see the application includes the Cultural Heritage DBA (ES Vol 3 Appendix 9A) and Deposit Model (ES Vol 3 Appendix 9B) on which we have previously commented. The application includes a WSI for future mitigation (ES Vol 3 Appendix 9F) which sets out how the proposed project might mitigate against impact to the historic environment. We will therefore require the draft DCO to include provision for delivery of the project specific WSI (should consent be granted).

The WSI must enable the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures which are necessary to reduce the impact of the development upon the historic environment, and develop appropriate methodologies for further investigation within the project area. This will inform the delivery of the project in a timely way, by taking these matters into consideration prior to the commencement of construction activities. Therefore, the WSI must be produced and agreed prior to the project commencing, and before any further pre-construction surveys take place.

We have also previously raised concerns in relation to the impact of the development upon on the South Lowestoft and Oulton Broad Conservation Areas and on the significance of a number of designated heritages through development within their setting. In particular the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yatch Club which is listed at Grade II* and a group of Grade II listed buildings such as Port House.

We are pleased that specific Cultural Heritage and Townscape and Visual Impact Chapters (ES Volume 1 Chapters 9 and 10) have been produced. We likewise welcome the helpful visualisations and photomontages. Using this additional material we have been able to confirm that there are only limited views from the designated heritage assets previously mentioned. The visualisations have indicated that the development will bring some changes to the setting of these assets; however we are of the view that any resulting harm would be moderate and that the commentary set out in the ES is broadly sufficient in this regard. We do not therefore consider it necessary to explore these issues any further, unless requested.
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