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Housing estates' design praised
Tadley Acres estate in Shepton Mallet
The estates are said to have well-designed architectural features
The design of two housing estates in Somerset has been praised in a new report by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

Dukes Rise on the Tadley Acres estate in Shepton Mallet and Ley Vale in Frome scored highly following an inspection.

The report says the two Mendip estates are within 6% of developments in the South West that have been rated at the highest level as good or very good.

CABE looked at overall character, road layout, parking and pedestrianisation.

Design sets standards

It also checked the construction of properties and the effects and links with the environment and community.

Under these criteria Dukes Rise in Shepton Mallet scored 76% - only three other estates in the report, out of more than 100, scored higher - and Ley Vale in Frome, scored 70%.

According to CABE, Dukes Rise and Ley Vale are two examples of how housing developments should be designed in other parts of the UK and which the government recognises as a good standard.

CABE describes Dukes Rise on Tadley Acres as a development which "provides variety and interest through well-designed architectural features" and that "street design and different paving material alert drivers to traffic calming measures to create a pedestrian-friendly environment".

In addition, Tadley Acres is also praised for its use of locally sourced building materials.

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