The constraints and opportunities plan for our proposed development. Click on the image to enlarge.
The proposed development site covers an area of approximately 3.85 hectares and is bordered by Lodden Lakes to the south-west. Existing residential properties off Addison Close lie to the north, with the River Lodden located to the east of the site.
Our proposals are on land allocated for housing by the council in its Local Plan. The proposed scheme is self-contained, but will integrate with the wider urban extension plans proposed for Gillingham.
Flood Risk and Preliminary SuDS Drainage
The majority of the proposed development site is located in Flood Zone 1, which means it is at the lowest possible risk of flooding from rivers and other significant watercourses. The eastern section of the site alongside the River Lodden falls within Flood Zones 2 & 3, therefore no development is proposed for this location. This area will be used as public open space and as a wildlife refuge.
A Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) will form part of our proposals. Due to the impervious nature of the site’s geology, that being Kimmeridge Clay Formation, it is unlikely we will be able to utilise infiltration to deal with site run-off in our SuDS scheme. This does not, however, mean we cannot utilise SuDS on the site in other forms. These may include porous paving in carpark court yards or driveways and conveyance swales to open space flow attenuation features, such as dry swales and/or wet ponds. This will assist in reducing the rate of surface water run-off from the development to be no greater than current greenfield rates and will assist in reducing the increased risk of flooding, from the increased impermeable area, both on the site and downstream.
A range of ecological surveys have been completed, including vegetation, hedgerows, badgers, bats, otter, water vole, dormice, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and invertebrates. These surveys have identified that the area of greatest ecological interest in the vicinity of the site is the River Lodden and the wildlife it supports. The native species hedgerows are also of importance as these act as corridors for wildlife and a habitat for birds.
Our proposed scheme includes a wildlife refuge in the flood zone within the eastern section of the site, which will protect and improve habitats for wildlife and flora. The developmentwill also provide opportunities to establish more native trees, bird and bat boxes, and habitat management.
The centre of the development is located less than one mile from the local centre in High Street. There is a choice of primary schools within walking distance of the development including St Mary the Virgin Primary School which is approximately 400m away, Gillingham Primary School which is just over 800m away, and Gillingham School for secondary age children which is a little over 1km from the site.
A local bus service runs along New Road with bus stops just a few minutes’ walk from the development. Gillingham railway station is just over 1km from the proposed development site and offers direct services to London Waterloo, Exeter and Basingstoke.
The A303 is a short drive from Gillingham and provides easy access to Basingstoke in the east and to the south west.