CSA Ref:- 2173
CSA Ref:- 2962
CSA Ref:- 2859
CSA Ref:- 2221
CSA Ref:- 2573
CSA Architects were retained by Bovis Homes to undertake all architectural services and masterplanning for this major project. The site itself, on the South West of Tavistock has been the subject of much consultation and public debate over the last 20 years. CSA have worked closely with Bovis Homes and Ian Jewson Planning to promote this site, since our appointment in 2012. We have also worked very closely and collaboratively with West Devon Borough Council. This collaborative work ethic resulted in the site being formally allocated for development and the preparation of a more detailed development brief for the 36 Hectare (89 acre) site.
The scheme itself consists of a masterplan to deliver up to 750 new homes, including affordable housing, together with a new railway station, primary school and neighbourhood centre and hub, which includes small retail uses, local convenience store and possible health facility.
Due to the substantial topography of the site, proximity to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sensitive landscape and Dartmoor National Park, together with heritage and highways considerations, the scheme includes large areas of open, green amenity space and structural landscaping. The evolution of the scheme design has included comprehensive public consultation and engagement, with the opportunity to discuss and refine the proposals, working with the general public and key stakeholders.
One of the key advantages of this site has been the ability to plan for a new railway station and the financial contributions, in excess of £13m towards re-opening the rail line connecting Tavistock to Plymouth, which will be a major benefit to the town and area as a whole.
Outline planning permission was granted in August 2014 and CSA will remain as project architects to process the reserved matters application and see the development through to completion.
CSA Ref:- 2714
CSA Ref:- 2658
CSA were employed by a private landowner, with a substantial landholding, surrounding the well know fishing village of Porthleven on the south Cornish Coast. Historically, this landowner had worked with developers and given them control of their sites and each time was disappointed with the end-product. This time, approached by the local council to bring more land forward for development, they seized the opportunity to produce a unique, high quality scheme, more as a legacy and a model for future development and engaged CSA to design a scheme accordingly. Our brief was to achieve a good density development, with a mix of affordable and open market housing, using the cross-subsidy policy. But, for this scheme, the landowner wanted the design to be of its time and relevant to the location, using local materials to create a high quality scheme that we can all be proud of.
The final scheme achieved a total of 66 dwellings, with a mixture of open market homes and affordable housing, which is tenure blind. All of the houses share a palette of materials, including locally distinctive natural stone walling and natural slate roofs and a vernacular design approach was used, based on the historic parts of the village, rather than the immediately neighbouring more modern housing. The site forms the new gateway to the village in a sensitive landscape setting (AONB) and so this was a design led scheme, to ensure an appropriate development. One of the key aspects of the scheme design was the inclusion of modern “Almshouses” forming the entrance to the site. This was recognised by the local planning authority and the scheme secured planning permission by committee, at the first attempt. The development is currently on-site, being constructed and due for completion in Summer 2016.
CSA Ref:- 2432
CSA Ref:- 2706
CSA were retained by longstanding clients Westcountry Land to design a suitable housing scheme for the edge of Mawnan Smith. The site itself extends to approximately 5 acres and could accommodate a large development, but CSA worked closely with the developers and local stakeholders, including a Neighbourhood Development Committee, to design a scheme that would be in-keeping with the rural character of this village and incorporate additional community benefits. The design process commenced in January 2012, and the Neighbourhood Development Committee recommended parameters for the scheme design, namely that it should be low density, high quality affordable housing led development, arranged around a central village green, communal public open space. In addition, the scheme will provide a new entrance to the village and should also incorporate highway improvements to form the new entrance and a dedicated community car park for the village hall.
The final scheme achieved a total of 42 dwellings, with a mixture of open market homes and affordable housing, which is tenure blind. All of the houses share a palette of materials, including locally distinctive natural stone walling and natural slate roofs and a vernacular design approach was used, based on the historic parts of the village, rather than the immediately neighbouring more modern housing. The site forms the new gateway to the village in a sensitive landscape setting (AONB) and so this was a design led scheme, to ensure an appropriate development. This was recognised by the local planning authority, whose professional officers recommended the application be approved. This recommendation was overturned marginally by the planning committee and has subsequently been pursued by way of planning appeal. CSA are acting as lead consultant, and are involved in the appeal process.
CSA Ref:- 2170