Chapel Of St Mary Magdalen, Holloway, Widcombe, Bath
The proposed site of tree works is the Chapel of St Mary Magdalen is a Grade II late 15th century Anglican chapel with 19th century additions, possibly by HE Goodridge, situated within the Bath conservation area and World Heritage Site. It forms part of the historic and contextual setting of Grade II mid-18th century Magdalen House to the immediate north-west. The street scene is characterised by long stretches of coursed rubble stone boundary walls with a mixture of stone copings, and more informal cock ‘n’ hen capping opposite, reinforced by mature tree planting which follows the slope up to the south into Beechen Cliff Wood. Whilst the northern street elevation is of a more built up character, areas of private planting in adjoining private gardens and associated green spaces help to visually soften the form of the street scene and contribute to a sense of tranquillity and enclosure along this section of Holloway before it merges with the A367. The roadside tree specimens associated with the Chapel are therefore considered to be positive features within the street scene, of increased prominence due to the site’s elevated position over Holloway.
We recognise the indicated need for the proposed removal of T79 due to structural impact on the retaining wall, which is a curtilage listed feature associated with the Chapel. However, the proposed heritage gains should also be considered against the proposed loss of a prominent street-side tree and associated impact on streetscape character. Where appropriate, we encourage consideration of appropriate mitigatory greening or replanting works to ensure the site’s existing, positive participation in the green character of Holloway is sustained, although we appreciate the suitability of replanting would need to be determined in accordance with the specific sensitivities and restrictions of this historic cemetery site.