Land off Bath Road
Liz Lake Associates were appointed to develop the Masterplan and Detailed Planting Proposals for the new urban extension to the town of Corsham near Bath. LLA worked closely with the entire design team on this scheme for 150 new homes, commercial and retail units, with large areas of public open space. The sensitive site was adjacent to the Conservation Area, Listed Buildings, an AONB and contained a Public Right of Way (PRoW); as well as experiencing ecological constraints with the presence of bats, and existing protected trees; therefore requiring a design which protected and enhanced these assets.
The outline planning application, which was approved by Wiltshire Council, provided the landscape framework and ecological principles for the development. LLA used these to develop a detailed masterplan which provides the necessary ecological benefits as well as an attractive place to live which is sensitive to the local landscape. The proposals offer a mixture of informal, ecological zones around the perimeter, and formal, playful spaces at the core, including earth mounds to accommodate the excess ‘cut and fill’ balance on site, and a Locally Equipped Area for Play (LEAP). The scheme was also designed around the existing mature trees of the site and the careful re-use of existing traditional Wiltshire stone walls. The proposals incorporate dark areas for bats, native woodland planting, large areas of public open space, the integration of sustainable urban drainage features and the PRoW.