The site, currently under construction, will offer housing to suit a wide range of buyers and new community facilities for all ages. It was shortlisted for a Housing Design Award.
A positive social impact
The development will create a new local centre, linking existing and emerging neighbourhoods. The apartments surround a vibrant market square, which will host a wide range of public events and activities from concerts to farmers markets.
There will also be new cafes, shops and restaurants, as well as a new sports hall, early years nursery and an NHS medical hub with space for 20 GPs.
The development will include large permanent artworks in the entrances of the residential blocks, and we are seeking a local artist or collective to create pieces that reflect the strong local creative community.
Reducing environmental impacts
The homes are arranged around communal courtyards that include lawns for recreation, play space for all ages and productive gardens, with around 170 new trees planted on site. Bird boxes and bug hotels have been integrated.
The site is close to public transport links and cycle and pedestrian networks. It includes solar PV panels and a new district heating network (combined heat and power) with capacity for 2,250 new homes.
Supporting economic development
The site includes 50% designated affordable homes. There will be retail and commercial space for existing and start-up businesses.
The development will create approximately 200 long-term full-time jobs across a range of sectors, as well as construction jobs for the area including 38 training placements.