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.
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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.