Save the Norton Disney Roman Villa Complex from Industrial Development
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Lincoln Proteins Ltd have submitted a Planning Permission to build a very large animal rendering factory at Villa Farm, Norton Disney, Lincolnshire. If approved, this huge industrial facility will be built on prime agricultural land, on a greenfield site. It will operate 24/7 with over 100 lorries entering and exiting a tiny country road each day and creating an accident black spot on the A46.
Yards from the front door of Villa Farm is a scheduled ancient monument of a 1st to 4th century Roman Villa famously excavated in the 1930s. Some of the finds from those partial excavations are at “The Collection” in Lincoln and Newark’s Civil War museum. This Roman Villa is famous for its mosaics, its unusual ditches and extensive footprint.
Although the Roman Villa has statutory protection as a National Heritage site, Roman Villas were not single buildings - rather a complex of buildings, temples and cemeteries. The site has never had modern archaeological techniques applied such as a geophysical survey. No-one knows where the rest of the villa complex sits but it is highly likely that it lies in part or whole beneath Villa Farm. If the proposed factory goes ahead, it will destroy these archaeological remains forever.
We do not believe Lincoln Proteins Ltd has shown any reverence or archaeological sensitivity to the site and indicated at the Norton Disney Exhibition that they may use Abbey Field to spread waste slurry. This development potentially threatens to destroy important and irreplaceable heritage and Villa Farm, as a Roman Villa site, should be given the full legal protection as the Villa itself has.
Please support this petition to have the whole site protected as an Scheduled Ancient Monument.
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