An archaeological survey could be carried out at a site where retail units are planned.

Mr Philip Rowe, of Newark Property Developments Ltd, has permission for four units on land behind the former Warwicks and Richardsons Brewery, on Northgate, Newark.

The developer has applied to Newark and Sherwood District Council for approval of reserved matters to build the units and carry out preparatory work.

The units were originally given outline planning permission in December, 2013, which will expire in March. A condition of the permission was that an archaeological survey should be carried out before work started.

Excavation work would look for artefacts or archaeological features that need to be preserved.

A report by Archaeological Project Services, which is part of the planning application, said digs in 1997 and 2006 revealed evidence of a Roman settlement, including masonry structures.

Members of Newark Town Council’s planning committee did not object to plans for the survey at the site.

The developer is required to investigate the site for contamination, close access and replace it with a footpath.

Town councillors did not object to those plans but did object to the removal of two further planning conditions — improvements to the junction of Northgate and Queen’s Road; and creating a filter lane on Northgate for traffic turning right into the development.

The district council will make the final decision on the application.

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