We just wanted to let you know that Planning Permission for the development of the Castle site was approved, with conditions, last Tuesday. This is great news and means that the Council can now formally tender for the construction and archaeological works. Whilst this is good news, there are elements of the design of the site that need to change, primarily the lack of access to the River Sheaf waterside and we are expecting some flexibility on this as the project moves forward over the next couple of years.
Funding the work will still be a challenge but the Council are working hard behind the scenes to secure additional funding internally, and it is still expected that work will start in August/September this year.
Please find attached one of the plans from the Planning application which shows in black dots, the area where the main archaeology will take place. This is the area where the Gatehouse and Drawbridge Pier are expected to be excavated but we can also see within the black dotted area, that there will be a wider area of works which will also hopefully reveal much more. Once we know more details about the archaeological investigations, we will let you know as we do hope that we will be able to either take part in, or view the work going on.