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:

  • Reducing the number of our proposed apartments from 126 to 115 – a number of residents said we included too many homes, so we have reduced the number of apartments proposed;
  • Lowering the height of our plans – we have lowered the height of our buildings adjacent to the south lawn and lowered the eaves next to Knowle Drive to improve their relationship with our neighbours;
  • Changing the design of our buildings – we have changed the design of our buildings in response to comments from local residents. Our buildings now include features like gables and pitched roofs to fit in better with Sidmouth’s existing architectural heritage;
  • Redesigning The Dell – we have changed our plans for The Dell. We have removed a number of homes to the north of The Dell and lowered the restaurant. This makes the restaurant more accessible to our visitors and makes the buildings less visible to our neighbours. It also ensures that we can keep the large sycamore tree to the north west corner of The Dell. In addition, we have extended The Dell to the west to ensure it fits in better with its surroundings and reduced the height of the eastern wing to reduce its visibility to immediate neighbours;
  • Removing the car park at The Dell – all car parking has been removed from the Dell area and redistributed around the boundary of the site. The parking has been replaced by landscaping to help the development to better fit in with the surrounding parkland.
  1. Examples of local buildings with pitched roofs

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1Examples of local buildings with pitched roofs

1Examples of local buildings with pitched roofs

1Examples of local buildings with pitched roofs

Local Inspiration

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:

  • Knowle Cottage – Our design takes inspiration from the original Knowle Cottage. This building includes pitched roofs to break up its height and bulk. The roofs in our proposals emulate these. It also makes use of flint, which we propose to use in our design.
  • Sidholme Hotel – This hotel was developed from a villa and is set in a park, much like Knowle Cottage. The gables and balconies in our plans take inspiration from this hotel, the design of which is characteristic of the leisure architecture of the Regency Coast. The hotel also makes use of render, a material we will include in our design.
  • Balfour Manor - To the north of our site, the late 19th century Balfour Manor has Jacobean influences. The arrival of the railway to the Jurassic Coast in 1874 and the subsequent expansion of Sidmouth ensure that this style is important locally. We have included elements of the style in our roof forms and the terraced plinths at the base of our buildings.
  • Buildings on the seafront – Our buildings use features such as terraced plinths, a common feature of Sidmouth’s seafront.
  • Windmill House, Hillside and Bickwell Valley - The variety of Arts and Crafts houses in Sidmouth such as Windmill house on Hillside Road, and Bickwell Valley have influenced our design. Our buildings emulate the way these homes work with the hillside contours of their surroundings.

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.

  1. The Knowle Cottage with its pitched roofs
    The Knowle, Sidmouth. A stately Pleasure Dome Complied by Christine and Rab Barnard for Sidmouth Museum
  2. Sidholme Hotel featuring ornate gables and balconies
  3. Balfour Manor Gatehouse makes use of pitched roofs and stonework
  4. Balfour Manor has Jacobean influences and has a terraced plinth
  5. Houses on the seafront also use terraced plinths
  6. 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
  7. Bickwell Valley
  8. Bickwell Valley
  9. We have also taken inspiration from Arts and Crafts Houses in other parts of the country, such as this example on Lake Windermere
  10. Our wider influences have included architecture from the American west coast such as this Greene and Greene Shingle House

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