28 June 2017 by CSJ Planning
CSJ Planning Consultants, acting as agents for English Heritage have recently submitted a full Planning Application for a footbridge and associated footpath improvements at Tintagel Castle, Cornwall. This is the culmination of 18 months pre application work by the design team and English Heritage including extensive stakeholder and public consultation, a full Environmental Impact Assessment and pre application enquiry discussions with Cornwall Council.
The dramatic footbridge has been designed to follow the path of the original crossing between the mainland and the headland at Tintagel and will help reduce congestion and improve access across the site, especially during peak periods. At a height of approximately 55m above sea level, the proposed bridge has been designed to be as slight as possible in order to have the least impact upon the landscape. The width of the bridge is just under 3m and the structure itself has been subjected to intensive wind tunnel testing to ensure it can resist the strong winds that the North Cornwall coast regularly experiences.
The bridge uses materials designed to be simple, durable and appropriate to the context of the site. The proposed bridge has been designed to be an object of beauty, sensitively balanced with the surrounding landscape.
The planning application will now be subject to statutory consultation and over and above planning permission the scheme will require scheduled monument consent as well as rigorous analysis of the impacts on the sensitive environment within which it is proposed.
Jeremy Bladon, Director of CSJ Planning Consultants states: “As well as reinstating the historic route to the island, the proposed bridge will help to reduce congestion and provide a step free route onto the island, which will allow more people to enjoy their visit to the Castle and interpret this important Heritage asset”.