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Detailed application for Guildford site

News May 26, 2017
Old Portsmouth Road Site layout plan

 

Acting for CALA Homes (South Home Counties) Limited , we have just prepared and submitted a detailed planning application for 39 new homes on a former kennels and nursery site on the southern edge of Guildford. The site had a number of challenges including Listed Buildings, a Conservation Area, Greenbelt, AONB and existing public rights of way. Working with the client and Council through a series of pre-application meetings and discussions the scheme has evolved to provide a design which positively responds to the various issues and maximises the opportunity of the site.

Old Portsmouth Road Site layout plan

Extract from Old Portsmouth Road Site layout plan

Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid approves 97 homes scheme

News March 23, 2017
Hassocks proposed housing

The communities secretary has approved outline plans for 97 homes on a site at Hassocks in West Sussex, despite concluding that the decision could ‘lead to an erosion of local confidence in neighbourhood planning’.

Developer Gleeson Developments had appealed against the decision of Mid Sussex District Council to refuse planning permission for the scheme in 2013.

This appeal was subsequently dismissed by a planning inspector, but that decision was overturned at the High Court. The appeal was then redetermined by the secretary of state and he has now decided to allow it, in line with a recommendation from a planning inspector.

A decision letter said that the secretary of state Sajid Javid agreed with the inspector that the development would not be in accordance with key policies in the council’s development plan.

But he also agreed with the inspector that the council’s relevant planning policies were out of date and, as such, should be subject to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)’s presumption in favour of sustainable development.

The letter said that Javid agreed that the development “would generate a number of undisputed quantified benefits, that these would support economic growth and can be accorded significant weight”.

He further agreed that the provision of 97 homes, of which 30 per cent would be affordable, “would represent a substantial boost to housing supply and help to address housing needs” and that “particular weight can be given to this positive social aspect, especially having regard to the shortfall in five year housing land supply and the acute local affordable housing need”.

Hassocks Streetscene

Hassocks Streetscene

Planning application for housing in Riseley, Berkshire

News November 30, 2016

An outline planning application has been submitted to Hart District Council for 83 houses on a site on the edge of Riseley. The proposals are submitted on behalf of Gleeson Developments Ltd and provide a mix of housing and open space with 40% affordable homes.

View of Riseley housing proposals

Affordable housing in Milford, Surrey

News November 30, 2016
Milford Aerial View

Outline proposals for 20 new affordable homes have been submitted to Waverley Borough Council for a site in Milford, Surrey. Whilst the site is greenfield, it adjoins the existing urban area and is well connected to local services and public transport routes. The scheme shows a mix of starter homes, socially rented and intermediate affordable houses which could make an important contribution to affordable in the district.

Milford Aerial View

Aerial view of proposed housing development on Petworth Road, Milford

Regeneration of Melton Mowbray Hospital

News November 1, 2016
Melton Mobray Hospital

Richards Urban Design have been appointed to work alongside Lambert Smith Hampton planning team to assist in the regeneration of Melton Mowbray Hospital. Acting on behalf of NHS Property Services, the team will be seeking to maximise the regeneration value of the site in the context of the heritage and landscape assets.

Melton Mobray Hospital

Melton Mobray Hospital

Consultation on new housing in Riseley

News August 11, 2016

Proposals for a new housing development on the edge of the village of Riseley, Berkshire have been shared with the community in a leaflet which was circulated to over 200 homes in the local area.

The leaflet contained a draft illustrative masterplan which has been prepared to explore how the site could provide approximately 80 new homes, public open space and young children’s play areas. It is envisaged that the development will comprise a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes to meet a wide range of housing needs in the community including provision of affordable homes. The new accommodation will be of a high quality design, which complements and reflects the existing character of Riseley and the wider area.

The access to the site would be provided from Odiham Road with retention of the existing public footpath. The site is in a sustainable location, and good pedestrian and cycle links will be provided to connect to existing services and facilities in Riseley. Opportunities to enhance local facilities will also be provided as part of the proposals, either within the site or via financial contributions, and will benefit the wider community.

Gleesons area currently assessing the feedback and considering submitting an outline planning application for the site.

Consultation leaflet for new housing in Riseley

Consultation leaflet for new housing in Riseley

Garden village proposals submitted to DCLG

News August 11, 2016

A proposal for a new garden village in Hampshire has been developed by Richards Urban Design and submitted to the DCLG.

The scheme has been developed in response to the Governments recent document “Locally-Led Garden Villages, Towns and Cities 2 (March 2016) and comprises a new freestanding settlement with 1500 new homes with, employment, leisure, recreation and commercial uses.

The masterplan concept showed how the land uses could work together to provide a comprehensive approach to the site which embraced the principles of sustainability and urban design. An illustrative masterplan and supporting promotional document were prepared to support a submission by the Local Planning Authority who were jointly promoting the opportunity.

Garden village concept plan

Garden village concept plan

Shaftsbury proposals approved by committee

News March 1, 2016
Vision of new housing at Littledown site in Shaftesbury

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

Approval for 50 new homes in Bramley, Hampshire

News March 1, 2016
View into the proposed development at Bramley

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Planning Committee resolved to approve an outline planning application for up to 50 new homes on 10th February 2016.

The proposals, on land north of Sherfield Road was prepared on behalf of Gleeson Developments Ltd and includes a range of housing types including a number of affordable units, a large amount of informal public open space and a children’s play area.

Richards Urban Design prepared the scheme alongside landscape architects, ecologists and highway engineers the scheme to minimise the impact on the landscape and enhance the character of the local area.

View into the proposed development at Bramley

View into the proposed development at Bramley

Development brief for Bourton Hall

News February 9, 2016
Bourton Hall Development Brief

Working with Lambert Smith Hampton we have prepared a Development Brief to assist in the disposal of Bourton Hall, Bourton-on-Dunsmore in Warwickshire.

The site includes the impressive Grade II Listed Bourton Hall and Roman Catholic Chapel together with its extensive grounds. The brief provides planning policy and design guidance to assist prospective purchasers in bidding for the site and bringing it forward. The brief includes a concept masterplan which illustrates how the site could accommodate a form and scale of new development . The site is currently the head quarters of an international development charity called Practical Action.

Bourton Hall Development Brief

Bourton Hall Development Brief