THE building of a single bungalow in East Cleveland could unlock secrets from the past, according to archaeologists.

Members of Tees Archaeology have requested the right to observe work on building the new home at the village of Yearby, near Redcar, in hope of more exciting finds.

Planners recommended that Redcar and Cleveland borough councillors approve the application to build the bungalow on Yearby Road at a meeting on Wednesday.

But they also asked committee members to approve a condition that Tees Archaeology be kept informed at all times if building takes place.

A planning committee report containing a summary of Tees Archaeology's comments said: "The records show the medieval two-row village of Yearby to have been established by at least the 14th Century and many archaeological finds have been discovered in and around this area.

"The village is laid out along Yearby Road and must have marked a former roadway of greater importance than the current main road to Guisborough.

"In addition there is some evidence for an early mill in the fields immediately to the east of the village. We advise that a condition be imposed that affords access at all reasonable times for the observation and recording of items of interest and finds."