The site and all opportunities and constraints have been considered in detail and this process has fed into the development of the masterplan. In parallel to this design process, comments received during previous consultation have informed the masterplan.
The below graphics demonstrate some of the steps of this master-planning design process which leads to the current design proposal.
The initial site evaluation shows the constraints we have worked with to establish the development parameters. The primary road layout has been designed in such a way to incorporate view opportunities to Penshaw Monument along with views from the central corridor.
Site Evaluation - Click image for large resolution
The site is approximately 23.2ha, with the built area comprised of 15.9ha. This leaves 7.3ha of open space, which will be landscaped to encourage leisure and biodiversity. The primary road through the site is includes a 3m mixed use pedestrian and cycle path. The road will be designed in a way to reduce traffic speed and create a pedestrian friendly environment. Pedestrian access points will be created for ease of connecting to Herrington Country Park and existing bus stop locations.
Parameter Plan - Click image for large resolution
The masterplan looks at the principles of the development and how we can affectively plot a structure. The below plan shows how we explore where we should deliver key frontages and active edges, to create attractive street scenes and encourage movement through the site.
Masterplan Principles - Click image for large resolution
Our masterplan shown below, has incorporated our vision to create a high-quality place in which a variety of family homes integrate positively with areas of publicly accessible open space, all of which respond to the key characteristics of the site. We want to embrace its natural qualities such as views towards the Penshaw Monument and its setting adjacent to Herrington Country Park.
Landscape and placemaking are significant drivers for the masterplan, in which the creation of multifunctional spaces provides significant amenity for residents but also acknowledge its setting by providing key spaces on its edges where the wider landscape can be appreciated.
The character of streets and spaces are defined by views towards the monument and the landscape green spaces that cross through and surround the site. In fact, no home is more than 75m / 1 minute walking distance from high quality and useable open space.
Our Masterplan - Click image for large resolution
The key features of our masterplan are shown on the plan below and are as follows:
- Vehicle access points;
- Pedestrian access points;
- Primary street with views to Penshaw Monument;
- Outward facing development with positive frontage to Chester Road, Chiselhurst Road and Herrington Country Park;
- Perimeter block structure throughout which is legible and permeable;
- Green corridor providing link between Chester Road and Herrington Country Park;
- Central open space providing link between Chislehurst Road and Herrington Country Park;
- Positive landscape edge integrates with Herrington Country Park; and
- Habitat-rich SUDs and positive landscape edge integrates with Herrington Country Park.
Key Feature - Click image for large resolution
The overall landscape design (shown below) has principles for the proposed development which have been informed by a robust understanding of the Site and its context and include the following aims:
- Integrate the proposed built form with Herrington Country Park on the Site's northern and eastern boundaries, providing a new boundary to the Green belt;
- Respect the setting of Penshaw Monument and views to and from it;
- Enhance the attractiveness and sense of place of the proposed development through creation of a landscape framework of green infrastructure;
- Retain and enhance existing features including healthy trees and hedgerows;
- Enhance the biodiversity and ecological value of the site through establishment of a network of species rich habitat;
- Provide an attractive and accessible wetland habitat integrating SUDs on the eastern portion of the site, to assimilate with the existing wetland in Herrington Country Park and as a buffer to the Herrington Burn; and
- Provide an attractive central open space which accommodates and reduces the visual prominence of the overhead powerlines.
Landscape Strategy - Click image for large resolution
We are proposing a range of materials taking into account the aesthetic in the area. Our birds-eye estate view and street scenes shown below, show our proposed materials palette for the site. We've taken inspiration from the existing estates nearby. Our brick and roof tiles are sympathetic to the area, with apex door canopies as seen on the development just off Chislehurst Road. To give the development it's own sense of identity, we have proposed the use of both cream and green windows which will help create character areas within the site. The aim is to give the development a village style appearance and help it blend with the local area and work sympathetically with the proposed landscape.
Birdseye View - Click image for large resolution
Street Scene from primary street view - Click image for large resolution
Street Scene alongside Northern Herrington Park boundary - Click image for large resolution
Street Scene Eastern boundary showing SUDs area - Click image for large resolution
The design process set out has taken all views and consultation made to date. As a result, following this consultation public consultation Taylor Wimpey prepare to submit a planning application for a total of 440 units with 116 in detail and the remainder of the site in outline.
We have consulted the Local Planning Authority regarding the scope of the planning application and specifically the content of the Environmental Impact Assessment.
Following the consultation all views and opinions will be taken into account and all comments will be replied to in a Statement of Community Involvement that will form part of the planning application.. We aim to submit the application in October 2020 and any party can submit comments to the Local Planning Authority.