QCG Planning Application

Last updated: 12th October 2019

ONE MORE STEP TOWARDS THE QCG MASTERPLAN

       

             

 

   

      

 

 

  

      

 

 

 

The realisation of the community’s dream, drawn up in consultation with LDA Design in 2014, for the regeneration of the Queen’s Crescent Garden comes ever closer with the submission of the recent planning application.

These notices have now been posted in the vicinity of the Garden and in the local press.We are grateful to LDA for acting as the Trust's agent and for their support in preparing the current application.

WHAT'S THE PLANNING APPLICATION ABOUT?

The Design and Access Statement included in the application documents explains the community's vision for the interior:

A core objective of the design is to increase use of the Garden and encourage access. A highly enclosed space was judged to have potential to attract anti-social use and not encourage people to enter it. To this end three welcoming access points have been created off Longbrook Street, York Road and Queens Crescent. These are designed in generous sweeping curves which actively direct pedestrian desire lines into the green space. High levels of pedestrian activity created by the desire lines will discourage some of the anti-social use which has at times blighted the Garden, making it welcoming and inclusive to all.


From each of the entrances broad paths sweep through the garden converging on a central events space.


Those who took part in the master-planning exercises in 2014 may notice some minor changes to the original concept design. For example, the position of the pathway from the new entrance in York Road has been adjusted and a section of generous steps introduced which will have locally-fabricated stylish hand rails and railings. These tweaks have been unavoidable as a result of constraints revealed by detailed surveys undertaken last year:

The original plan was to have a Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant ramp from the garden to the York Road entrance. However for technical reasons this has not been possible:
• The ramp with compliant gradients and landings would extend substantially into the Garden and would dissect the space into two.
• The ramp structure would require land raising and foundation structures that would require the removal of a yew tree identified for retention in the arboriculture report carried out by the Trust’s consultant.
• A culvert and foul drain which runs through the garden places a restriction on the structures that can be built in the Garden precluding a large ramp structure.
The York Road entrance is therefore designed as a generous stairway with railings and hand rails as detailed.

Once again it will be important to demonstrate that the project has the backing of the local community, so we urge all Trust and Forum members to support the application by responding to the current consultation by the deadline of 8 August. Please look at the documents for the application ref 19/0703/FUL (click hereand submit your comments either online or by emailing the Case Officer, Laura Dymond, at: laura.dymond@exeter.gov.uk. Remember to quote the application number and make clear from the outset that you support the application.

Don't be daunted. A sentence or two confirming your wish to see the regeneration go ahead as planned is all that is required to make your view count but, of course, if you wish please feel free to make more detailed comments.

NOT YET A TRUST MEMBER? HELP US TO RECLAIM THIS PRECIOUS GREEN SPACE IN THE HEART OF EXETER FOR ALL TO ENJOY. 

DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION FORM HERE.

 

 

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