How we have changed our plans
Following our two consultations in November 2015 and January 2016 we made a number of changes to our plans in response to the comments received from the community. In particular, we have reduced the height and size of our scheme and included more elements of local, architectural styles to make sure our plans further reflect Sidmouth’s rich architectural heritage.
These changes seek to respond to your comments. They include, but are not limited to:
- Examples of local buildings with pitched roofs
The town has a rich architectural heritage that includes fishermen’s cottages, terraced houses, modern bungalows, Georgian seaside architecture, Victorian villas, Edwardian hotels and the Arts and Crafts houses of the leisured gentry. While each era features its own characteristics our scheme makes reference to specific examples of these styles.
Our site is split into two distinct parts, The Dell and The Plateau. Our approach to design at The Dell and The Plateau differs, to further distinguish the two areas.
The Plateau – design approach
The buildings we propose for The Plateau take influence from a wide variety of architectural styles and buildings found in Sidmouth, including:
In addition to taking inspiration from the architectural styles in Sidmouth, our plans have been influenced by similar styles on Lake Windermere and the American west coast.
The Dell - Design Approach
Hunkered down within a woodland setting in the valley, The Dell presents an opportunity to use more informal architecture. Here our proposed buildings take inspiration from Sidmouth’s Regency architecture and use low pitched roofs and simple facades reflecting that style.
We have also looked to Balfour Manor’s Gatehouse when designing The Dell. We have taken influence, for example, from its use of flat tiles on the walls and roof.
- The Knowle Cottage with its pitched roofs
The Knowle, Sidmouth. A stately Pleasure Dome Complied by Christine and Rab Barnard for Sidmouth Museum
- Sidholme Hotel featuring ornate gables and balconies
- Balfour Manor Gatehouse makes use of pitched roofs and stonework
- Balfour Manor has Jacobean influences and has a terraced plinth
- Houses on the seafront also use terraced plinths
- Arts and crafts houses in Sidmouth such as Windmill house on Hillside Road, and Bickwell Valley were inspirational, for the way they work with the landscape
- Bickwell Valley
- Bickwell Valley
- We have also taken inspiration from Arts and Crafts Houses in other parts of the country, such as this example on Lake Windermere
- Our wider influences have included architecture from the American west coast such as this Greene and Greene Shingle House