Proposals for 170 new homes with open space have been approved by North Dorset Council on 1st March 2016. The outline planning application was submitted back in April 2015 on behalf of Gleeson Developments Ltd. and it has taken nearly a year to negotiate to a successful conclusion.

The scheme lies on the edge of the urban area of Shaftesbury and approximately half of the site lies within the national designation of the West Wiltshire and Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  This made the layout, design and scale of development particularly sensitive and required close working with landscape architects, Floyd Matcham and planners Terence O’Rourke.

The proposals included up to 170 new homes including elderly accommodation, affordable housing, family housing and starter homes. Large areas of public open spaces and new areas of woodland were provided within the site to enhance the scheme, retain views and reinforce the landscape character of the site in it’s context.

Richards Urban Design prepared the proposed masterplan and illustrative housing proposals alongside a number of consultants including ecologists (EAD) and highway engineers (i-transport) the scheme to minimise the impact on the landscape and environment as well as improving access for all modes of transport to the site.

Vision of new housing at Littledown site in Shaftesbury
Vision of new housing at Littledown site in Shaftesbury
Shaftsbury proposals approved by committee