Improving The Park
At our consultation in November, we asked residents to let us know their thoughts on what could be added to the Knowle to improve it and, specifically:
- Whom we should work with to improve the Knowle;
- What plants or trees residents would like to see planted at the Knowle.
Local residents told us what they would enjoy seeing day to day in the park. We have also been working with the Sidmouth Arboretum and the Valley of a Million Bulbs initiative to ensure our plans fit in with local residents’ aspirations for the park.
Our development has been designed to integrate into the park and we want to work with the park’s eventual guardians to:
- Create new and more accessible footpaths
- Refurbish the park entrance gates
- Remove the disused bandstand
- Tidy up overgrown parts of the park to improve views
- Plant new trees
- Contribute toward the Valley of a Million Bulbs initiative
- Proposed new footpaths
- We propose to improve the gates
- Existing gate
- Proposed gate
- Overgrown areas to be improved
- How the overgrown areas used to look
- Where we would like to plant new trees
- We want to contribute to a valley of a Million Bulbs by planting more here
- We propose to remove the bandstand
- Valley of a million bulbs
Moving the Ginkgo Tree
The Ginkgo tree
At our November consultation we asked residents where they would like us to relocate the Ginkgo tree. We received a number of suggestions including:
- ‘Move the tree down the hill on the road side of the park’
- ‘Somewhere in the centre of the park’
- ‘To the area in front of the car park’
- ‘Consult with the Sidmouth Arboretum’
Following our consultation we have been working with the Sidmouth Arboretum to find the best location for the Ginkgo tree. Our current plans show the Ginkgo tree to the south of its current location, near the centre of the triangle formed by the three existing footpaths (see image below).
We and the Sidmouth Arboretum agree that this is the best location for the tree because:
- It will remain in public ownership;
- It will be near existing mature trees, so it will not obstruct any views across the Knowle;
- It is close to its current location, reducing the distance it has to be moved.
- The Ginkgo tree
- Our proposed location for the Ginkgo tree
Transport, parking and access
Our plans will include parking for every home as well as staff and visitor parking. The car park closest to Station Road is outside our site and as such will be retained for public use.
There are currently two access routes from Knowle Drive onto the site. Knowle Drive is a quiet, narrow, residential road and we want to avoid any increase in traffic along this route as a result of our proposals. Therefore, we are proposing that resident and visitor car access to our site will be via the existing access point off Station Road. We will close the existing access points from Knowle Drive to vehicles altogether. This strategy should keep cars away from Knowle Drive.
The existing council offices are well-used by employees and visitors throughout the day. We anticipate that our plans will reduce traffic on local roads throughout the day, including in particular during peak periods.
There are currently several, well-used footpaths running across our site. We would like to keep these open for local residents and improve them wherever possible. For example, a number of the footpaths are on steep slopes that make them inaccessible for some residents. We are reviewing these and seeking to provide better routes that are accessible to everyone.
We have discussed our approach to the removal of refuse with Devon County Council and its waste collection team. They are supportive of our approach. Following discussions with residents, the refuse store has also been rotated to position the doors away from the closest neighbours, and a planted trellis screen has been added to screen the store and adjacent hardstanding.
We have discussed our approach to the removal of refuse with Devon County Council and its waste collection team. They are supportive of our approach.
- Public Pedestrian Access
- Pedestrian Access For Residents
- Vehical Arrival For Residents
- Service Vehicle Access
- Refuse Vehicle Access
- Fire Appliance Access
Our site is home to many types of local wildlife. This wildlife is important and is part of what makes the Knowle an attractive place to spend time.
We have appointed specialist ecology consultancy, Ecological, Planning and Research, to ensure our development works with the existing local wildlife.
One of the buildings on our site, the Caretaker’s Lodge (building B on the plan opposite), is home to a colony of Lesser Horseshoe Bats. The bats use the building as a maternity roost in the summer and to hibernate in the winter.
Building B will be retained as part of our plans and we will make sure the bats can continue to use it by:
- Ensuring the future use of the building is compatible with the roost.
- Enhancing the building for bats by providing, for example, a better entrance for them.
- Timing the demolition and refurbishment works to ensure they are sensitive to the bats’ lifecycles.
- Keeping the mature trees opposite building B and planting new trees.
- These provide the bats with important cover and foraging areas.
- Installing bat boxes in the mature trees.
- Installing lighting that is sensitive to bats on our site. This will be an improvement to current lighting.
A family of badgers has made the Knowle their home.
We will ensure that badgers can continue to roam freely and safely around the park at night by fencing off the construction site and covering excavations.
In the long term, better management of the park area will be of benefit to the badgers.
Our construction works will be timed to ensure they do not disturb birds nesting in the buildings, trees and bushes. We will enhance opportunities for local birds to breed by installing nesting boxes in mature trees.
- We have mapped how bats have moved around our site.
- Bats roost in building.BThis will be retained and enhanced for them
A high-quality living environment for older people
PegasusLife creates high-quality, well-connected environments in which older people want to live. Opposite you can see an example of one of our two-bedroom flats.
If you are, or someone you know is, interested in owning a PegasusLife home we are always happy to provide more information. If this is of interest to you please let us know and we will keep you updated on our plans. We also have representatives from our sales team here today who will be happy to answer any questions about our resident experience.
Our wellness facilities
Wellness is a crucial part of PegasusLife’s developments. Central to the idea of wellness is the landscape and its health-giving potential. A site such as the Knowle is a perfect opportunity to retain and reinforce the existing landscape while providing choice locations and uplifting environments in which to socialise.
The Orangery and public garden
By way of community benefits it is of note that the original hotel featured a covered veranda facing south, toward the parkland. Our plans have footpaths crossing our site, to the parkland. We will create an orangery and garden with benches set around magnolia trees. This will be open to the public and residents will be able to enjoy the views from here across the parkland from a sheltered pavilion.
- PegasusLife wellness concept image
- Our wellness area will offer a range of facilities
- Inspiration for our orangery