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Medieval Burbage overcomes planning issues to deliver new homes for Tewkesbury

PUBLISHED: 15:11 09 May 2017

View six: East down Swilgate Road (c) coombes:everitt

View six: East down Swilgate Road (c) coombes:everitt


coombes:everitt architects: “It was clear that this site is in a very sensitive area and from the start we wanted the development to enhance the area. Our solution was to develop a series of buildings which reflected the historic ‘burgage plots’ common to the area.”

Planning has been approved for nine new homes in Tewkesbury. Close to the historic Abbey, the nine new flats have been sensitively designed to reflect the local area while also raising them well above potential flood levels.

Set within a conservation area and subject to five years of planning applications and appeals the site had seemingly come to an impasse with the local planning department. The client then bought in local architects, coombes:everitt architects to develop a new design for the site.

View two: Elevated view from east (c) coombes:everittView two: Elevated view from east (c) coombes:everitt

Toby Coombes, coombes:everitt architects commented on the project: “It was clear that this site is in a very sensitive area and from the start we wanted the development to enhance the area. Our solution was to develop a series of buildings which reflected the historic ‘burgage plots’ common to the area. Dating back to mediaeval times, ‘burgage plots’ were how towns such as Tewkesbury were first laid out in long strips of land with narrow street frontages.”

Using natural materials, the development will provide high quality and contemporary living for local people.

View five: From cricket ground (c) coombes:everittView five: From cricket ground (c) coombes:everitt

Chris Partrick, Conservation Officer for Tewkesbury Borough Council commented on the application: “the present scheme has made a conscious effort to analyse and understand the area’s characteristics and to reflect them in its language, massing and materials, but without falling into the trap of historicist pastiche. This approach is considered to fulfil the objectives for modern development in sensitive historic contexts.”

Visit the coombes:everitt architects website here.


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