The landscape strategy will comprise six different character areas. Click to enlarge.
The layout of the proposed development follows the principles established in the approved outline masterplan. This includes homes facing the site entrance, set behind an area of open space and landscaping; a formal ‘heart’ to the development, with an area of open space; and the loop road and slightly more informal housing to the south and eastern boundaries, facing open spaces.
The appearance of the new homes will be inspired by the local character, mainly using brick but with occasional use of boarding, tile-hanging and render to add detail and a splash of colour. High-quality materials with minimal detailing will help tie the new homes in with their surroundings and form a sense of place.
All homes will be two storeys in height and will include access to secure cycle storage and car parking.
The landscape strategy will comprise six different character areas, which are briefly described below.
Site frontage and associated public open space
This will include the site entrance from Weeley Road. Areas of open space either side of the road will feature short mown and long grass, swathes of bulbs, and new trees and hedgerows comprising native species. This will provide space for recreation, and will also create an important visual and physical buffer with Weeley Road.
Gardens facing onto the main streets will be bordered by hedgerows and some street trees, where space permits. This simple arrangement will create a strong visual character and soften the effect of the new buildings. Hedge and tree species will vary between streets to allow individual identity within different parts of the development.
Secondary areas of development
Where homes face onto the open space and peripheral boundary areas, shrub beds will be used in place of hedgerows. Smaller trees and ornamental species will be used to give a garden feel, creating a softer and more intimate setting.
Central public open space
This significant green area will soften the hard residential street scene, giving separation between rows of houses and creating a space with multiple uses, including a children’s play area and seating/rest areas.
Grass areas will be all short mown, with lines of large trees to the boundaries and smaller trees in the centre of the space and around seating areas. Shrub planting will be limited to low ground cover, within small verge areas and next to the central play space and seating area.
South and eastern site boundaries and associated open spaces
This zone will again provide areas of public access for recreation and create the essential visual and physical buffer between the edge of the development and the wider landscape beyond.
The location against the countryside edge and the inclusion of features such as a drainage basin makes this area ideal for new ecological habitats to support and enhance biodiversity. A native hedgerow and large trees will screen the development edge and provide connectivity between off site ecological habitats and features. Rich grassland and wildflower areas with short mown paths for public access will create further visual interest and biodiversity value.
Western site boundary
Where existing homes meet the site boundary, new trees planting will create a semi-permeable screen between homes and gardens to protect privacy without causing any loss of sunlight.