Planning & engagement
|Size of site
|Number of new homes
|Number of private homes
|Number of affordable homes
|Start of build
|Anticipated completion of build
||August / September 2015
In 2011 the site had been identified within the Wychavon District Council Local Plan as an area that may be suitable for housing development in the longer term (an Area of Development Restraint). However the council was not able to demonstrate that a supply of suitable land was available within the next five years to meet local demand for housing. We therefore decided to submit a planning application for the site before the updated draft development plan was put in place by the council. The early timing of our planning application meant that it was important for us to gain support from local people.
Affordable and sustainable homes
Feedback from the community engagement suggested that more affordable homes were needed in the area. We are building 28 affordable homes for social rent and shared ownership. This is 10% (seven homes) more than the council’s affordable housing policy requires us to provide.
All of the homes on the development have been designed to include environmentally sustainable features, such as improved building fabric and insulation. This means that, when occupied, the homes will produce 10% less carbon emissions than homes built to normal building regulation standards.
As part of our Section-106 planning obligations we will be giving Wychavon District Council £365,000 to go towards improving local public transport, cycle routes, education, recycling services and public open space. The Government’s New Homes Bonus scheme will provide the local authority with a further £680,000 for local works and services.
After carrying out surveys of the site and holding several meetings with Wychavon District Council, we produced our initial design proposals and development layout. In May 2012 we held a public exhibition event, for which we prepared a CGI ‘fly through’ model and presentation boards, showing drawings of and information about our proposed development, for local residents and councillors to see. The drawings and information were also posted on a dedicated website. Forms were available so that people could provide us with feedback.
We took the time to talk with and listen to the community to make sure we understood what sort of development they would like to see and would support. While one local councillor was keen on a modern design, we chose to design a more traditional-looking development which is what the wider community told us that they preferred. During this community engagement we also found out that local people were concerned about increasing traffic locally. They suggested that a road link and footpath between our development and a neighbouring residential area would help reduce pressure on the existing local roads and junctions. This would also give residents a safer way to travel to local schools, playgrounds and the village hall. We agreed and included these changes in our final proposals. We then submitted a detailed planning application which was approved unanimously by the planning committee in February 2013.
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