New facilities include a visitor centre which is available for community use as an events space, a school and nursery, a health centre, a convenience store, supermarket, pharmacy, dry cleaners, hairdressing salon, and café. Future phases will include co-working spaces. The scheme provides a range of homes to suit different budgets (maisonettes, townhouses, courtyard houses, and 1-3 bed apartments). Across all phases the properties are designed to be Lifetime Homes compliant, which means they can be altered internally to meet the changing needs of their residents. To specifically accommodate disabled residents 10% of the homes have been designed with extra features so that they fully comply with the Disability Discrimination Act regulations.
50 acres of the site have been developed as parkland, and the site’s Ecology Park incorporates a four-acre freshwater wetland. Many of the homes throughout each phase of the development include rainwater harvesting and EV charging points, and the scheme includes a district heating system. Rainwater harvesting is also used for external landscaping.
To enable sustainable transport choices, the site includes a car club scheme and cycle paths link the site to the Thames cycle path. Residents can easily walk to a local retail park, cinema and tube station, or take a bus from the village square.
To ensure sustainable regeneration a development of this size must provide opportunities for new jobs and commercial enterprise, and the site includes a village square with commercial units, as well as ‘pop-up’ power and water supplies, enabling markets to be held there.