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11 months ago
Do you have any particular comments about the sustainability principles?
It appears consideration might have been given to orientation of dwellings but then ignored. Large proportion of house gardens facing north, others will have sunlight blocked by large apartment blocks to their south.
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12 months ago
How do you feel about the sustainability principles?
I like the idea of a Cycle Hub but there is no mention of weatherproof covering. Cyclists like to mount a dry saddle, just like motorists getting into a dry car. Cycling as an option has to be attractive and routes well joined to get around town and beyond.
Much of the green space seems to be taken up for parking motor vehicles. Being so near the train station and proposed new bus routes, and the provision for cycling and walking more for journeys, this does not seem to discourage car ownership. More green space and trees will make it more likely to achieve the aim towards carbon neutrality by 2030, not more motor vehicles in Taunton.
How will removal of water from the river for Heat Pumps affect the wildlife in and around that area? Is there an environmental survey to assess the impacts?
about 1 year ago
Its great the sustainability is an important issue. I am interested in the provision for commuter cyclists. I think it is important to consider where people will be cycling from and to. With that in mind the old temporary cycle path through the site gave better access for cyclists between the station and the centre of town. In the new plans, it is a trickier journey, so cyclists will end up cycling through places which are not ideal. Also bike parking wants to be near your destination, otherwise bikes will be parked and locked in inappropriate places. While a central bike hub is a nice idea, perhaps smaller bike hubs closer or right outside the shops and facilities would be better.
No firm commitment here to circularity, Passivhaus certification or low embodied carbon.
Consider the environmental impacts of insulation products and opt for those that are less polluting/low carbon e.g. wood fibre.