Proposed Three Ashes Care Home, Newent
HELD AT HUNTER PAGE PLANNING OFFICES AT 10.00PM ON 6th FEBRUARY 2014.
- Toby Coombes Architect, Coombes Everitt Architects (Chair)
- Geoff Luxton Architect, Luxton Architects
- Paul Fong Town Planner, Hunter Page Planning
- Anthony Lewis Architect, Yiangou Architects
- Jonathan Nettleton Architect, Blake Architecture
- Helen McHollan, Landscape Architect, Illman Young
- Stephen Wadsworth, Landscape Architect, Pegasus Landscape Design
The architect ran through the design developments of the proposal and explained the rationale of the changes. Although the design has changed the number of bedrooms and internal spaces has remained the same. The client then re-iterated the local demand for an increased capacity in the care facility. There is some further information in the form of 3 dimensional views presented from surrounding viewpoints. The brief is therefore still:
- To increase the capacity of the site from 10 to 70 bedrooms including all of the necessary ancillary spaces.
- There is also a need for a day care centre accommodating a hydrotherapy pool.
- Due to the nature of the facility the construction will happen in a phased process.
- To design the scheme in an aesthetic drawn from the rural nature of the site.
- The site is currently well screened by trees and mature hedgerows.
We believe the site has scope for a redevelopment as it is well screened and sufficiently remote from its neighbours. A building of this scale could therefore be acceptable on this site if a greater understanding of the local landscape was provided. However it is acknowledged that the site is within the open countryside so the visual impact on the countryside is a primary consideration. Because of this we do still have concerns over the scale of the building that was presented to the panel and the additional 3 dimensional representations have not satisfied us that the proposed scheme would be suitable. Overall this scheme has moved forwards a long way and is now a much better proposal. However, the Panel felt that if it were to be acceptable in this location there would need to be a lowering of the primary buildings and a more informed landscape proposal to accompany the development. The visual massing of the building could also be reduced by the introduction of more glazing into the core of the building. The Panel also felt that the barrel roofs proposed also increased the height of the building unnecessarily and perhaps a different roof shape could be adopted to lower the building into the site.