Ecological and archaeological investigations are under way at the Stanton Cross site in Wellingborough to prepare for the first phase of construction.
The work will ensure the development will not interfere with any protected species or disturb unrecorded archaeological sites, while ensuring ground conditions and any potential underground contamination are fully accounted for.
Works include looking for evidence of suitable habitats for badgers, reptiles, otter, water vole and bats, as well a thorough investigation of ponds within 500m of the proposed infrastructure area, to assess the suitability for great crested newts.
The excavation of trial pits and boreholes, enabling inspection of the underlying soil, will also ensure the soil’s strength and characteristics are fully understood and can be considered in the design and construction of the development.
In addition, archaeologists are supervising the excavation of trial trenches to investigate the potential for archaeological remains underlying the site.
If they find any they will be highlighted to the relevant authority and detailed records will be taken.
John Lougher, managing director of the South Midlands region for Bovis Homes, said: “Assessing the ecological and archaeological significance of the existing land is an important part of any new housing development and marks an exciting milestone for Stanton Cross.
“We are committed to preserving Wellingborough’s rich archaeological and ecological heritage and look forward to letting you know about any exciting new developments the survey team discover.”