The site layout illustrates that a range of new homes are proposed, ranging from 1 and 2 bedroom apartments to 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses. Some 57 will be affordable homes available for intermediate rent and shared equity. The mix and range of homes will assist in contributing to a balanced community.
The proposed development allocates over 33% of the site as open space. Key benefits for new and existing residents include:
The site will carefully manage rainwater on-site, so that it flows into neighbouring watercourses and the local drainage network at the same rate that rainwater drains from the site currently. This is a requirement of the Environment Agency who are a statutory consultee on the application.
We will use a range of methods to slow down and retain water in designated areas on-site, so that it can trickle off-site in a managed way. In accordance with best practice, it is proposed to provide attenuation up to and including the 1 in 100 year storm event plus 30% extra capacity for potential future climate change impacts.
The site has been mapped thoroughly to ensure that no development takes place within flood zones 2 and 3, those which are at risk of flooding.
As it is, the land is currently a fairly poor habitat for wildlife. The proposals would seek to maintain those few habitats that already exist – within trees and hedgerows – in addition to encouraging diversity with the creation of new habitats within gardens and open spaces.
The hedgerows surrounding the site will be thickened up with native species and regular, active management. Native species such as Hawthorne will create a food source for local wildlife as well as creating an attractive edge to the village.
There are some mature trees within the site and most will be retained. Where trees have to be removed – through ill health or poor life expectancy – they will be replaced by new, semi-mature trees. There will be significant new planting and landscaping to help the scheme sensitively set itself into the landscape.
The proposals have been carefully considered to ensure that the new homes blend into the existing community. Careful thought has been given to ensure that open spaces are high quality, with planting to create a place where people feel at home.
The sites’ existing trees are retained wherever possible. This will help to maintain privacy for existing residents and create a ‘green and leafy’ development.
The new proposals also provide an increased separation between the new homes and the Grade II listed Old Ramerick Manor. The design of these new homes has also been amended to make them more reflective of the seting of the listed building.