The proposal is for the development of a motor village, with the site totaling circa 7,875m2 of Gross External Area, comprising:
The car dealership is split into two elements: the ‘L’ shaped commercial car showroom building by the site entrance, with the service centre, workshops and parts storage behind.
The site layout is focused around the central circular used car sales area surmounted by a feature fabric tent structure.
The building’s design provides a high quality crisp, sharp and contemporary form. A simple palette of materials and attractive design features ensures the design will complement the setting of the existing and proposed buildings within the site.
Proposals incorporate amendments to the Tesco car park layout together with adaptations to the existing lighting positions and relocation of the existing Tesco car wash, click and collect and recycling facilities.
The open nature of the immediate site will be maintained as views of the proposed buildings from outside of the site will be contained by the existing mature boundary. Further new landscaping is proposed as part of the development. The proposals will therefore have minimal impact on the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in which it sits.
The scheme’s design has evolved with input from an expert team and benefitted from pre-application consultations with the Borough Council’s Planning Department.
Important technical considerations for the site that have informed the proposal include: highways, landscape, trees, ecology, drainage, noise, air quality, energy and sustainability and site investigations. The detailed submission will encompass a wide package of technical studies to support the application.