More homes for Langford?

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 June 2015

Says Lane site plan by ESHA Architects

Says Lane site plan by ESHA Architects

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More new homes could be heading for the Churchill area after the submission of outline planning permission for a new estate on Langford’s Says Lane.

Proposed green elevation by ESHA ArchitectsProposed green elevation by ESHA Architects

The proposed Edward Ware Homes development would include means of access from the A38 to 43 new properties, of which 13 would be designated as affordable housing.

The estate would comprise two, three, and four bedroom houses to ‘set the basis for a balanced community’, with a green situated in the centre of the development.

Flood prevention methods include sustainable drainage features such as permeable drives, an in-site infiltration ditch along the Bristol Road edge and an infiltration pond in the north-eastern corner.

One online response voiced concerns about the impact the development would have on nearby road safety, as there is already a perceived speeding problem on the Bristol Road.

It said: “Regular speed checks by the speed-watch group record thousands of speeding cars down the A38 from the bypass into Langford.

“Pedestrians have no help crossing the road anywhere in this area.

“At this point in time, neither the police nor the council have a solution to the speeding, otherwise I would not object.”

The plan would include a new priority junction off the A38, along with a new pedestrian crossing, with a 1.5m-wide pedestrian refuge proposed to connect the site to a footpath which runs through Rowans Way.

Hedgerows to the east, west and south would be retained with the one to the north removed, to be replaced with a new ‘native-species hedgerow’ of a similar length.

According to constraints listed in Edward Ware Homes’ design and access statement, the hedgerows must be maintained and enhanced and the ‘site needs to reflect the character of Lower Langford’s conservation area’.

Another online responder, who lives on Bristol Road, insisted that the area’s rural character be maintained.

They said: “This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and it should be preserved at all costs, not built on with the sole purpose of making profit.

“My house overlooks the area and I am deeply concerned that my view of the greenery will not only be obstructed, but ruined with a bustling estate as is already situated at the rear of my property.”

A public consultation will be held tonight (Thursday) at Churchill Academy and Sixth Form from 6-9pm.

Planning images provided by ESHA Architects.

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