Cricketers Farm, Nether Stowey

Residential Development and Public Open Space

Client: Strongvox Homes
Services: LVIA and Landscape Design

Background

This site presents a fantastic opportunity to redevelop a series of vacant barns, buildings and hard standing adjacent to the high quality Nether Stowey Conservation Area, with its distinctive Listed Buildings including Stowey Court, St Mary’s Church with 15th century tower and 18th century gazebo. The site also forms part of the setting to the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which form the backdrop to the village of Nether Stowey.

Description

The Landmark Practice produced a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) and Landscape Masterplan to accompany a Full Planning Application for 109 dwellings with associated infrastructure and landscape. We were involved from the outset of the scheme, assisting in developing a layout which respects the landscape setting of the Conservation Area, incorporating appropriate setbacks, mitigation planting and open space.

It was identified early on that an existing walled paddock could provide an ideal location for public open space which could respect and enhance the landscape setting of the Conservation Area.  The open space will have a traditional character, incorporating orchard tree planting, a reopened formal water channel which is currently buried beneath a paddock; meadows and seating orientated to take in the backdrop of St Mary’s Church.

The scheme also ensures that mature trees on the site are sensitively incorporated into the layout and the form of development is appropriate to it edge of village location and context of the AONB.  Additional open spaces with informal and formal play provision, habitat enhancement and planting to the edges of the site will integrate the development into its wider context.  Existing Public Rights of Way (PRoWs) crossing the site have been carefully incorporated within proposed public open spaces wherever possible, providing leisure opportunities and connections to the wider area.

 

Working with:

Architects :  Focus on Design
Arboricultural Consultants : JP Associates
Planning Consultants : Pegasus Group
Ecologists: Ethos
Engineers : Focus on Design


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