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11 months ago
How do you feel about these Key Design Principles?
Why do you feel this way? Are there any missing or that you don't agree with?
No mention of building deigns/style and how it would complement the areas. Love the focus on smaller housing needs, pedestrian focused, and spacing
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This is going to create another parking nightmare. CurrentFirepool residential areas are already causing issues with on street parking, this will just add to the problem
Do the Masterplan proposals effectively respond to the Key Design Principles identified?
Not enough green space
12 months ago
I really like the ideas and the concept of green use, cycling and other forms of transport.
Paddleboarding and canoes have become very popular so landing jetties for such activities so people can access the water easily and freely
Yes I think they do
I think key principles are stated but not convinced these principles have been used in Masterplan
No. 1. Open spaces do not need to be paved open spaces. How can bio diversity be improved if large areas are built on with paved walkways and boulevards connecting them? The ampi-theatre would be a good meeting place but it wouldn't encourage bio diversity and how would all these paved areas increase surface runoff and put further pressure on river levels.
2. The Design Principles state the views of the church towers should be enhanced. From the artists image of the views from the station it looks like the buildings will block any views of church towers to residents living the other side of the station, towards Cheddon Road, Kingston Road, Priorswood etc.
3.Look for ways to increase use of the riverside including amenity, recreation, education, ecology and social events.
Undertake an analysis of the proposed plot uses to establish which can be made car free - has this been done for the area around Taunton Canoe Club? At what time of day? Has the analysis shown how much the car parking and access is used by club members and families after office hours. That is when members meet to use club facilities for recreation and all the other benefits related to participating in sport. The canoe club is already contributing to the welfare of adults and youth in the Taunton community. The masterplan proposals will impede the future success of the club if members and their families cannot access a clubhouse and the 2km stretch of sheltered water. Whether its for the river access, equipment store, social meeting room or changing facilities, its all vital for Taunton Canoe Club to continue to grow.
Consider the needs of all visitors who wish to drive and park in the area. I travel to Taunton principally to kayak and canoe on the river and canal. I usually bring my own boat which is 5.2 m long. It is not possible to bring this on public transport- even if there was a viable route. What are the plans for the re-provision of the boat house?
Any plans which aim to promote the “blue infrastructure “ must recognise that work is required to develop and maintain the waterways. This must include regular dredging, as currently the river is a shallow weedy ditch.