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South Downs Site proves design led approach leads to success

Acting on behalf and in conjunction with Gleeson Strategic Land we successfully promoted this sensitive Greenfield site of 4.2 hectares through the local planning process, achieving an allocation for a minimum of 75 units within the adopted local plan.

Before embarking upon detailed layouts, a full environmental constraints analysis was undertaken to prepare a constraints plan. This plan enabled an assessment of the impact the development would have upon the landscape and local environment; to further evaluate and guide the principles of the layout that subsequently evolved.

This helped the company to incorporate ideas which epitomised the standards of design and attention to detail prevalent in previous projects. With the rolling hills of the South Downs as the backdrop to the site, there was widespread concern that any development was in sympathy with and sensitive to the setting. Following active community consultation the provision of traffic calming measures coupled with a mini-roundabout and zebra crossing were proposed to overcome concerns raised by the community.

The development boundary extended beyond the ridgeline with views overlooking the South Downs, the impact of a development on this key landscape had to be carefully considered and the orientation and design of the layout had to respect this aspect of the site. The final scheme successfully addressed these concerns. The constraints plan informed the final layout, which comprised a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes in a variety of styles, and the consented scheme of 85 units has successfully been implemented.

The site was the first of the allocated Greenfield sites to obtain a planning consent. This demonstrates our expertise in securing and maintaining allocations of land for development – and then moving ahead quickly to secure their early release to the benefit of all parties.