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Brown Croft

Brown Croft - Hook - Hampshire

We have outline planning permission for a residential development of up to 60 new homes on land at High Ridge Farm, off Brown Croft, Hook. We are now planning a detailed planning application for the site. Our proposals also include open space, car parking, enhancements to an existing nature conservation area and the provision of a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG).

 

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  • Land off Brown Croft

    In May 2014, Hart District Council granted outline planning permission for a residential development of up to 60 new homes on land at High Ridge Farm, off Brown Croft, Hook.

    Our proposals also include enhancements to an existing nature conservation area and the provision of 5.4 hectares of public open space, known as a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG).

    We now intend to apply for detailed planning permission for the development, which will deal with outstanding matters such as housing design, materials, layout and landscaping.

    We held a public consultation event in Hook on Tuesday 25th November 2014. During the consultation programme we received comments from the public and key stakeholders which we are now reviewing as we finalise our planning application.

    You can download the exhibition boards we displayed at our event by clicking here.

  • The development site

    The proposed development site comprises 8.93 hectares (ha) of greenfield land. It is located outside but contiguous with the north western boundary of the built up area of Hook. It lies with 1km of Hook railway station and 5 kilometers of the Thames Basin Health Special Protection Area (TBHSPA).

    An existing residential neighborhood adjoins the site to the east; a bowling green and paddock to the south; woodland wraps around the north eastern and north western boundary; and arable fields and a farmstead adjoin the western boundary.

    The northern boundary is defined by woodland; College Copse and Hill Copse, which are designated as Ancient Woodland.

    The southern half of the western boundary is made up of mature trees and scrub and is adjacent to Owen's Farmhouse and High Ridge House.

    To the south of the site there are two fields currently used for horse grazing. The fields are edged by mature trees and scrub, with a public footpath running between the two.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • What's proposed

    The masterplan for our site is on the right, and adheres to the principles which were established by the approved outline planning application. The distribution of buildings, their respective heights, the general arrangement of roads and areas of open space all follow the approved outline plans.

    Masterplan Hook

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    The masterplan layout aims to deliver:
    • a scheme which follows the principles established by the approved outline planning application

    • a development which respects the existing adjoining neighbours and the surrounding landscaped open spaces

    • a distribution of buildings so that the 2.5-storey properties only appear in the centre of the site and where the apartments are also placed towards the middle of the development. All other dwellings will be 2 storeys in height

    • a layout which responds to the topography of the site and retains the existing boundary trees

    • a variety of parking solutions which provide parking numbers in accordance with the local authority requirements while still creating a pedestrian dominated streetscape

    • a mix of affordable and private housing which reflects the local housing needs

    • a variety of plot sizes, building types and sizes to create a varied streetscape reflective of the local area

    • potential pedestrian link through to play space

    • a detailed landscaping scheme which enhances the development and provides significant areas of soft landscaping

    The proposed accommodation mix is as follows:

    36 private homes               24 affordable homes (40%)
    11x 2-bedroom houses      9x 1-bedroom apartments
    10x 3-bedroom houses      7x 2-bedroom apartments
    13x 4-bedroom houses      7x 3-bedroom houses
    2x 5-bedroom houses        1x 4-bedroom house

    A new area of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) will be included as part of the proposed development, providing around 5.4 hectares of public open space.

    The SANG will comprise of the existing Owens Meadow, a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) along with an area of open space with new tree and thicket planting.

    The ecological value of the grassland in the SINC has declined in recent years, due to the lack of management.

    As part of the proposals, the grassland/scrub within the SINC will be bought under a new management regime which will enhance the ecological value of the area. In addition, a new boardwalk will provide pedestrian access through the SINC whilst protecting the surrounding grassland flora.

    Mown footpaths will provide access within the SANG and will provide opportunities for informal recreation such as dog walking. The area will be ecologically enhanced through new hedgerow, tree and wildflower planting for the benefit of wildlife and visual amenity.

    Pedestrian access to the SANG will be available through the proposed housing area and from the existing footpath that runs along the easter n boundary of the site.

    There will be car parking spaces within the residential area to serve the SANG.

    Within the proposed residential area, new street tree planting will be provided along with shrub planting to the dwelling frontages.

    The attenuation basin in the north of the residential area will be planted with a wildflower meadow mix, new trees and thicket planting to provide an attractive amenity area and wildlife resource.

     

  • Local contributions

    Taylor Wimpey will provide a number of contributions towards the local community as part of the proposed Brown Croft development. Details of these contributions are contained within the Section 106 Agreement. 

    More detailed information can be found on the Hart District Council planning website- application reference 13-02567 MAJOR.

  • Development timeline

    November 25th 2014, 2pm to 7pm - Public consultation,  Elizabeth Hall, Raven Road, Hook, RG27 9HH

    Summer 2014 - Preparation of reserved matters application

    May 2014 - Outline Planning permission granted. 

    July 2013 – Public consultation held