How we approached the design of the site
Our proposed development for Roeshot Hill
- Create a place with a clear identity.
- Integrate Roeshot with existing neighbourhoods to the south.
- Structure development around a strong green framework.
- Celebrate the River Mude as a focus for development.
- Create a gateway into Christchurch from the east.
- Provide a mix of housing types arranged to create distinctive settings that respond to the local character.
- Plan supporting community infrastructure including play spaces, sports pitches, changing rooms and a community building with potential for local shops on Lyndhurst Road in the longer term.
Our designs for land at Roeshot Hill
Our proposed development for Roeshot Hill
- The development will include a sports pitch and children’s play areas and accommodate a community building that could provide flexible meeting/ events space with sports changing rooms and cafe facility.
- The development will provide a development centrepiece with the River Mude flowing through, linking with new drainage ponds and green corridors from the east and west, together with providing an attractive, sustainable and ecologically enhanced environment.
- New homes will be set within an attractive green environment.
- Development will be laid out using Secure by Design principles with streets and spaces benefitting from natural surveillance.
- Development will be well integrated with the surrounding area with walking and cycle routes linking to existing rights of way and neighbouring SANG land.
- Layout allows for the future development of the allotment site and provision of local shops on Lyndhurst Road.
- These principles are consolidated in the Design and Access Statement here and Landscape Strategy documents here which accompany the Planning Application.
- Later planning submissions will bring forward the residential details and illustrative gateway impressions are shown below.
View looking towards the Eastern Gateway on Lyndhurst Road
View looking towards the Western Gateway at Staple Cross
Transport and getting around
Access and movement principles are fundamental to our development and our proposed strategy is outlined below.
The proposed access strategy
A new roundabout will serve the scheme on Lyndhurst Road to the east. This will also act as a gateway to Christchurch with traffic speeds reduced to 40mph to the west of the roundabout. Traffic measures will also be introduced on Roeshot Hill to prevent overtaking on this stretch of road.
Inbound only access (save for emergency exit) to the site for vehicles will be maintained from Staple Cross in the west and with an eastbound exit slip created onto the Christchurch By Pass.
A third access will be provided for buses and emergency only from the Sainsbury’s store.
To mitigate the impact of the development-generated traffic on the surrounding roads, we will be providing a significant highway improvement scheme at the A35 Stony Lane Roundabout in accordance with the council’s Policy CN1.
Pedestrian crossing points will be provided on Lyndhurst Road, helping to integrate the new development with Highcliffe and enabling walking/cycling to schools and to the rail
station. These will also provide Highcliffe residents with improved access to Sainsbury’s and to the facilities of the new development.
Circulation and vehicular network
A clear hierarchy of streets will be established within the Roeshot Hill site. A main street will be established on both sides of the river with the east side capable of carrying a bus service and the west side primarily for residential use. Traffic measures will slow speeds on these main streets generally and to discourage through-traffic movement to the development.
A bridge will be provided over the River Mude on the current Ambury Lane alignment. This will narrow as it crosses the river forcing vehicles to give way. Some minor residential streets will be shared surface.
Proposed improvements to the bus and cycle routes
Sainsbury’s is well served by buses and it is intended to extend routes through the eastern portion of the site and back down Lyndhurst Road benefitting both new and existing residents. A bus gate will restrict access to buses only from the Sainsbury’s site.
All existing rights of way will be retained within the scheme and the layout of development will expand the existing network of routes significantly. An extensive area of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) is proposed to the north of the rail line and walking routes will link to this space through the railway arches and overbridge.
There are already a number of cycle routes through the area but the development will facilitate very positive improvements to the network with safe east-west connections through the entire site and a proposed new cycle route created to Hinton Admiral station.