Proposed Development

Chislehurst Road Penshaw

Penshaw, DH4

Proposals for land north of Chislehurst Road, Penshaw

Taylor Wimpey is working towards the submission of a planning application for the area of land north of Chislehurst Road, Penshaw. In January 2020, the site was removed from the Green Belt and allocated for housing in the Sunderland Core Strategy and Development Plan (Policy HGA6). 

The site is allocated for approximately 400 dwellings, with 15% being affordable housing. The mix of housing will consist of a range of 2, 3 and 4 bed family homes, with the proposals providing open space, with sustainable urban drainage and new green infrastructure routes to Herrington Country Park. 

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Development Map

Homes proposed

Taylor Wimpey is working towards the submission of a planning application for the area of land north of Chislehurst Road, Penshaw. In January 2020, the site was removed from the Green Belt and allocated for housing in the Sunderland Core Strategy and Development Plan (Policy HGA6). 

The site is allocated for approximately 400 dwellings, with 15% being affordable housing. The mix of housing will consist of a range of 2, 3 and 4 bed family homes, with the proposals providing open space, with sustainable urban drainage and new green infrastructure routes to Herrington Country Park. 

The masterplan has been sympathetically designed, with the key focus to retain existing landscape and view corridors to the Grade 1 Listed Penshaw Monument. There are generous areas of open space and green corridors, ensuring the layout respects Herrington Country Park. 

Masterplan

The site and all opportunities and constraints have been considered in detail and this process has fed into the development of the masterplan. In parallel to this design process, comments received during previous consultation have informed the masterplan. 

The above graphics demonstrate some of the steps of this master-planning design process which leads to the current design proposal. 
The initial site evaluation shows the constraints we have worked with to establish the development parameters. The primary road layout has been designed in such a way to incorporate view opportunities to Penshaw Monument along with views from the central corridor. 

The site is approximately 23.2ha, with the built area comprised of 15.9ha. This leaves 7.3ha of open space, which will be landscaped to encourage leisure and biodiversity. The primary road through the site is includes a 3m mixed use pedestrian and cycle path. The road will be designed in a way to reduce traffic speed and create a pedestrian friendly environment. Pedestrian access points will be created for ease of connecting to Herrington Country Park and existing bus stop locations.

Masterplan principles

Our masterplan shown below, has incorporated our vision to create a high-quality place in which a variety of family homes integrate positively with areas of publicly accessible open space, all of which respond to the key characteristics of the site. We want to embrace its natural qualities such as views towards the Penshaw Monument and its setting adjacent to Herrington Country Park. 

Landscape and placemaking are significant drivers for the masterplan, in which the creation of multifunctional spaces provides significant amenity for residents but also acknowledge its setting by providing key spaces on its edges where the wider landscape can be appreciated. 
The character of streets and spaces are defined by views towards the monument and the landscape green spaces that cross through and surround the site. In fact, no home is more than 75m / 1 minute walking distance from high quality and useable open space. 

The key features of our masterplan are as follows:

  1. Vehicle access points;
  2. Pedestrian access points;
  3. Primary street with views to Penshaw Monument;
  4. Outward facing development with positive frontage to Chester Road, Chiselhurst Road and Herrington Country Park;
  5. Perimeter block structure throughout which is legible and permeable;
  6. Green corridor providing link between Chester Road and Herrington Country Park;
  7. Central open space providing link between Chislehurst Road and Herrington Country Park;
  8. Positive landscape edge integrates with Herrington Country Park; and
  9. Habitat-rich SUDs and positive landscape edge integrates with Herrington Country Park.

Landscaping design

The overall landscape design (shown below) has principles for the proposed development which have been informed by a robust understanding of the Site and its context.

Here are the aims:
  • Integrate the proposed built form with Herrington Country Park on the Site's northern and eastern boundaries, providing a new boundary to the Green belt;
  • Respect the setting of Penshaw Monument and views to and from it;
  • Enhance the attractiveness and sense of place of the proposed development through creation of a landscape framework of green infrastructure;
  • Retain and enhance existing features including healthy trees and hedgerows;
  • Enhance the biodiversity and ecological value of the site through establishment of a network of species rich habitat;
  • Provide an attractive and accessible wetland habitat integrating SUDs on the eastern portion of the site, to assimilate with the existing wetland in Herrington Country Park and as a buffer to the Herrington Burn; and
  • Provide an attractive central open space which accommodates and reduces the visual prominence of the overhead powerlines.

Street scene

We are proposing a range of materials taking into account the aesthetic in the area. Our birds-eye estate view and street scenes shown below, show our proposed materials palette for the site. 

We've taken inspiration from the existing housing estates nearby. 

Our brick and roof tiles are sympathetic to the area, with apex door canopies as seen on the development just off Chislehurst Road. 

To give the development it's own sense of identity, we have proposed the use of both cream and green windows which will help create character areas within the site. The aim is to give the development a village style appearance and help it blend with the local area and work sympathetically with the proposed landscape.

Our proposal features

Economic Benefits

New housing developments can bring a wide array of both community and economic benefits to an area. We believe the proposed development at Penshaw will bring social, economic and environmental benefits to the area. 

The development has been designed to create a sense of place, delivering much needed family homes to meet the needs of future generations. A mix of home sizes and styles including 15% affordable housing, will help the younger generation get on the property ladder.

The plans aim to promote health and wellbeing by providing footpath links through to Herrington Country Park and also incorporating mixed used cycle footpaths. 

New green infrastructure routes and open spaces have been designed to encourage utilising the open space within the development. Wildlife corridors and strategic landscaping encourage biodiversity. 

Any new development can support and stimulate the local economy, adding support to existing local facilities and increasing revenue. Both new jobs and existing jobs are supported through construction along with further indirect jobs through the supply chain.

New developments bring additional revenues to the local authority through council tax and the government new homes bonus.

Once people move into their new homes, they are expected to bring further revenue, with approximately £2.5m of first occupation expenditure and an additional £5.2m spend by residents each year.