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DBA for Former Pontins Site – Hemsby – Parker Planning Services

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An Archaeological Desk Based Assessment (DBA) conducted by Karl, our Senior Archaeologist & Land Surveyor, was an integral and critical part of our application to convert the well-known redundant holiday site into a mixed-use development.

The DBA shows a full analysis of how the proposed development ground works could impact the potential archaeology within the site, in line with the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) requirements. It clearly highlights how the proposed large-scale conversion of the existing holiday chalets – rather than demolition and redevelopment – will greatly reduce the potential impact of the development. Likewise, the archaeological impact has equally been reduced.

On the client’s behalf – Parker Planning Services emphasised how this reduced archaeological impact should lead on to reduced archaeological mitigation being required upon the scheme. We hope that consequently this scheme is successful at the planning application decision stage.

The DBA is published on ADS (Archaeology Data Service) and can be read here: Desk Based Assessment at Former Pontins Site, Beach Road, Hemsby, Norfolk, NR29 4HL (

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