Following an appeal, Taylor Wimpey has been granted outline planning permission for up to 105 dwellings, associated landscaping, public open space and allotments, at Siskin Chase, Cullompton.
CSA were engaged to provide archaeological, heritage and landscape services. A desk-based archaeological and heritage assessment was prepared, which considered, amongst other things, the setting of designated heritage assets. This identified that while there were some distant views to the site where it could be seen within the context of Cullompton Conservation Area and the Grade I listed Parish Church of St Andrews, the significance of these designated heritage assets would not be harmed. The Inspector agreed with this conclusion.
The desk-based assessment identified modest archaeological potential and, following discussions with the archaeological advisor to the LPA, CSA arranged a geophysical survey. Following this, it was agreed that no further archaeological works were required and that any minor concerns could be addressed through a planning condition. We are currently in discussion with the LPA on an appropriate mitigation strategy.
CSA also provided a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment that considered the potential effects of the proposed development on the surrounding landscape. A Landscape Strategy was also prepared which identified the strategic landscape design elements that would mitigate landscape effects and provide enhancements to local landscape character. This included the strategic design of a new park that incorporated a natural play trail, new native tree planting and a sustainable drainage system.