save Britain's Heritage has slammed proposals to build controversial executive homes, restaurants and shops in Bradford on Avon by Taywood Homes (AJ 29.7.99) for being utterly at odds with the vision of Lord Rogers' Urban Task Force.
The Architecture and Planning Group-designed scheme for 80 homes, three restaurants, five shops and office space was passed in principle by West Wiltshire District Council last week to the dismay of hundreds who turned up at the planning meeting. A petition of 860 signatures was collected against the proposals in three weeks with campaigners attacking the designs principally for their scale.
save slated the detail, massing and height of the proposals for their failure to respect the historic buildings on the site - including the Grade I listed Hall and a bridge, of which part is thirteenth century.
save secretary Richard Pollard said Taywood's proposals represented 'more than a blight' on a setting in a beautiful historic town.
'What Bradford wants is not an executive housing estate with restaurants and parking tacked on, but a genuine new public space - a new centre in the town - supporting a range of housing and businesses to sustain life and vitality in the town,' he said.
The organisation attacked the 'desultory' attempts at a new town square ('little more than a car park bounded by a private garden, a block of flats and one restaurant'), the exclusion of social housing and the segregation of uses on the site.