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Wren’s Nest, South Sebastopol, Reserved Matters Planning Application

Services: Urban Design & Architecture

The Urbanists were commissioned by Taylor Wimpey South Wales  in early 2017 to prepare a Reserved Matters Application for Phase 1 ‘Wren’s Nest’ following the granting of outline planning permission for development at Edlogan Wharf for circa 1200 homes at South Sebastopol in October 2014. This first phase of Wren’s Nest forms part of the largest character area of the overall South Sebastopol masterplan for circa 330 homes.

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One of the primary aims of the project was to carefully respecting the ethos and principles as set out in the consented design and access statement and demonstrated through the indicative masterplan prepared previously by others.

The Reserved Matters Application was prepared in consultation with officers of Torfaen Council and reviewed by the Design Commission for Wales. 

The masterplan provided a detailed layout that dealt with the topographic constraints on the site whilst also limiting impact to the surrounding  context . The masterplan also mitigated impact on existing landscape and ecology in some areas whilst enhancing in others through proposed new planting. 

The application comprised of a planning layout and supporting drawings including materials finishes plan, boundary treatments plan street scenes.  The team utilised and adapted the clients house types to adhere to the character areas set out in the outline permission, as well as pay due respect to the existing built context.