What heritage assets are within the vicinity of Marston Valley?
No part of O&H’s proposed development area at Marston Valley requires listed building consent or scheduled monument consent, or falls within a designated area of heritage importance.
Archaeological records show that the Marston Valley area has largely been under agricultural cultivation throughout its history. Continued ploughing of the fields and many years of intensive, modern arable farming techniques mean it is unlikely there would be significant new archaeological finds within the boundaries of the development site.
However, there are three scheduled monuments which lie near to the boundaries of the Marston Valley development site, plus some other listed buildings which are of particular interest to Historic England. These include Moat Farm, Marston Moretaine Church and Tower listed buildings, Thrupp End Farm and the Brogborough Round House.
These particular areas have been closely assessed by heritage and archaeological experts. As part of the normal planning process, work is ongoing between Central Bedfordshire Council, O&H, Historic England and specialist advisers to agree the most suitable way in which to mitigate the impact of future development on these sites, including heritage buffers if appropriate.
What is Moat Farm?
This is a moated site in Marston Moretaine which included a Tudor manor house. Morteyne Manor is now a restaurant, hotel and wedding venue, and is surrounded on three sides by modern housing and development.
What is the Brogborough Round House?
The Round House is a derelict 19th century Grade 2 listed building which sits within a medieval Ringwork (Castle), which has been designated a Scheduled Monument by Historic England. Although considerably altered by the construction of the house and associated landscaping, the southern quadrant of the Castle survives as a substantial earthwork.
What is Thrupp End Farm?
This is an important site of low earthworks representing the remains of a deserted medieval settlement, plus traces of two moated sites, just north of Lidlington. The farm now consists of a modernised farmhouse and associated outbuildings.