We have considered a number of important local issues when planning our approach
Local heritage and character

The proposed masterplan has been designed to maintain views from key vantage points around the village and surrounding area.

The proposed new homes will be built using a palette of materials that reflects materials used in the village and acknowledges the need to preserve the character of the Lympsham Conservation Area.

The proposed development balances the rural setting of the site with the need to prioritise identified local need for market and affordable housing in a sustainable, well-connected location.

The village landscape

The proposed new buildings will be set back from Lympsham Road, with existing hedgerow on the main road frontage retained and maintained to preserve the secluded character of the site. A 6 metre buffer is proposed around the 'rhynes' currently in and around the site, to maintain access for the Axe Brue Internal Drainage Board.

A number of new trees and green features are proposed for the site, to protect long distance views in the wider area.

Access by pedestrians

The proposed development includes a new length of footpath, helping to go towards completing the connection between the village centre and the A370, on the south side of Lympsham Road.

This will be set back from the road and separated by hedgerow, to reflect the existing character of footpaths in the village and create a safe and pleasant route for pedestrians.

Raised areas of 'shared space' will be included on road surfaces within the proposed development, designed to naturally calm road vehicles and increase safety for pedestrians.

Biodiversity and wildlife

The land is currently used to graze horses and store cars, meaning that it is unlikely to have any significant biodiversity value.

However, the development proposal by Strongvox Homes presents an opportunity increase biodiversity on site and have a positive impact on wildlife and ecology in the wider area.

We are proposing around 1/4 hectare of land to be laid as wildflower meadow, in additional to new trees and hedgerows, which could significantly increase the biodiversity of the site.

Drainage and flood water

As part of any planning application that comes forward, we will include a detailed flood risk assessment. This document will set out what flood alleviation measures exist in and around the site at the moment and what measures we need to take to mitigate the impact of the development.

We are currently proposing balancing ponds on site, which will connect to the existing 'rhines' found adjacent to the site. As we carry out further surveys of the site, this may identify additional measures that are required to manage flood risk. The system that we propose will be required to prevent any increase in flood risk in the local area.

Access by vehicles

A new vehicle access is proposed off Lympsham Road.

Every new home on the site will benefit from at least one parking space, in the form of a garage, driveway or private parking space away from the property. In addition, visitor parking is provided. This will ensure that the proposed development does not have any knock-on impact on the local area in terms of parking requirements.

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