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Roman fort scheme set to get go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 14:31 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:30 03 July 2010

A REVISED scheme that will enhance facilities and encourage more visitors to the Roman fort at Burgh Castle is poised to be approved next week.

Local councillors will consider an application on Tuesday for a new access, car park, disabled access footpaths and information areas at the fort.

A REVISED scheme that will enhance facilities and encourage more visitors to the Roman fort at Burgh Castle is poised to be approved next week.

Local councillors will consider an application on Tuesday for a new access, car park, disabled access footpaths and information areas at the fort.

The fort is one of the best preserved in the country.

Images and the history of the late third century monument would feature on two display areas at the site which is currently reached from a footpath off Church Road. Parking for 29 cars three coaches and cycles would be accessed from Butt Lane.

Plans have been submitted by the Norfolk Archaeological Trust, which has owned the 90-acre site that includes woodland and reed beds since 1995, but the remains are looked after by English Heritage.

Proposals have gained the support of the local parish council. Borough planning officers believe the car park, landscaping and disabled friendly pathway will not have an adverse impact on the surrounding area.

Planning officers say the scheme “will benefit the local area and will ease congestion along Church Road and will encourage visitors to the fort, enhancing local leisure facilities”.

The application, set to be approved subject to highways amendments, will be considered by the development control committee at the Town Hall on Tuesday at 6pm.

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