SCHEME / LOCATION: Monger Lane, Midsomer Norton, Somerset
CLIENT: Taylor Wimpey plc
TG SERVICES: Landscape, Ecology & Arboriculture
PARTNERS / OTHER CONSULTANTS INVOLVED: Turley (Planning and Urban Design), BSA Heritage (Heritage & Archaeology), WSP (Drainage & Highways).
Monger Lane, Midsomer Norton,
The site at Monger Lane is situated on a hillside to the northern edge of Midsomer Norton, a visually sensitive location which forms a backdrop and setting to the town. Tyler Grange was appointed by Taylor Wimpey to undertake initial feasibility work to establish the potential of the site to accommodate residential development, including ecology and arboricultural surveys.
We worked alongside a team of specialist consultants to develop a scheme that responded to the landscape context and ecological, drainage and access constraints. The proposals included retaining existing trees and hedgerows, incorporating dark corridors for bat foraging, maintaining runs for badger and integrating SUDS to incorporate ecological benefits. In order to respond to the elevated situation of the site on a hillside, the scheme was carefully developed and tested using photomontages to demonstrate that the proposals reflected the existing settlement pattern and character, whilst maintaining the existing landscape structure and skyline.
Tyler Grange prepared material to support an outline application for the development of up to 135 dwellings; and, following the refusal of an outline application, landscape evidence was prepared for the subsequent inquiry. The appeal was successful and planning consent was granted in December 2013.