On behalf of The Diocese of Plymouth, LHC has submitted a planning application for a new public park and a small scale residential development of six houses on land to the south of the Ridgeway, Plympton.
LHC’s in-house team of architects, landscape designers and heritage experts have worked on the application in conjunction with Heynes Planning Ltd. The park has been designed to be complimentary to the surroundings of the grand, Grade I listed Plympton House, and sit within the wider historical setting of Plympton St Maurice.
The planning application includes a landscaped publicly accessible open space drawing on the local history as a formal parkland. It will provide new opportunities to view Plympton House and Plympton Castle as well as creating new habitats for wildlife.
The application also includes a modest residential development along George Lane comprising six high quality, four-bed homes on large plots set within existing and new landscape features which will soften the development.
The architectural treatment of the houses uses materials found within the surrounding Conservation Area including soft coloured bricks, render and slate. The intention is to create designs which are responsive to context of the Ridgeway in terms of material, form and which will provide attractive, contemporary spaces for new home owners.
James Wilson, Property Manager for Plymouth Diocese, said:
The proposal has been thoughtfully designed by LHC Architecture and has been influenced by the views of local residents as part of the public consultation undertaken in relation to the project.
In particular the design proposes to take away the old wall along the Ridgeway boundary that restricts access and views towards Plympton St. Maurice. Instead, pedestrians and cars coming down the Ridgeway will have will have good views across the park to Plympton House and will be able to see glimpses of Plympton Castle too.
Whilst the main entrance is from the Ridgeway; there is also footpath access onto George Lane that allows walkers to access to Pathfields and Plympton Castle park and grounds.
The Diocese of Plymouth has owned the two acres of agricultural land north of Plympton House for a number of years. The land was originally part of the former St. Peter’s Convent Nursing Home owned by the Augustinian Religious Community that has been recently sold and gained a planning consent for residential development.