The site lies to the south of a wider eastern expansion area to the town which was allocated in 2013 in the South Somerset Local Plan for a mixed-use development. LHC’s scheme builds upon the principles set by the outline permission. It will create an attractive development that retains the key existing site features, delivers high quality green spaces and streets, and provides connections between existing and proposed housing and the wider landscape.
The landscape design will reinforce and enhance the existing flora and fauna and create an increase in biodiversity through the delivery of enhanced green spaces that link to the wider countryside, native planting, and the integration of wildlife while providing amenity spaces, sustainable drainage systems and an attractive setting for new residential properties.
The architectural design and layout of the proposed houses is informed by the character of Crewkerne; drawing on the urban form, materials and simple details from local precedents and reflecting Crewkerne’s sense of place through the use of locally distinctive materials, including a mix of brick colours, detailing and a variety of porch types
Crewkerne urgently needs more housing, including affordable housing, along with employment land to deliver economic growth in the town. The site helps to meet these needs while also unlocking a wider key site to the north, which will ultimately provide community uses, infrastructure, public open space and educational facilities.
The development will enable the creation of a proposed new link road that will relieve traffic congestion from through traffic in the historic town centre.