Residents have their say on future of community
The residents of a Mendip village are having their say on how their community will look in the future.
The Croscombe Village Design Statement has been published which outlines the qualities residents value the most and hope to be preserved. In February 2012 an open meeting was held where a draft document was discussed by villagers who were then encouraged to comment on it.
The design statement was then worked on by the parish council alongside Mendip District Council to produce the final draft.
It describes Croscombe as a thriving community of 640 people which is home to 16 groups and clubs.
The population has a mix of age groups which is broadly in line with the rest of Somerset.
The main part of the report discusses the architectural style that gives Croscombe its character. Founded in 706AD Croscombe has absorbed many different building styles over the years.
The historic core of the village contains 63 buildings that are either listed or designated as of special architectural or historic interest.
The report makes it clear that any future development in the area should use the same materials as the existing buildings so as to not affect the village setting.
This also includes styles of windows and walling, each of which are outlined in the design statement. For example, hydraulically guillotined stone should be used sparingly as it fails to replicate the semi-dressed rubble of traditional walls.
These sorts of issues have become particularly important with the drafting of Mendip's Local Plan.
The plan outlines 35 new homes to be added to Croscombe's 265 and the statement says that these should be provided by small scale, minor developments and infills.
Residents made it clear they would rather have that than a single large development, such as a new estate, which they feared could compromise the character of the village.