The site is located close to local amenities and facilities, including primary and secondary schools.
Accessibility by walking and cycling will form part of the overall transport strategy for the site. This will include the widening of the existing footway and a proposed pedestrian crossing. The crossing and improved footway will provide a connection between the site and the centre of Downton and the facilities and amenities located there, which will further reduce the vehicular impact of the proposals.
Our proposals comprise approximately 2.8 hectares of new housing, leaving a significant proportion of the site as open space, including new play facilities, ecological enhancements and landscape planting.
Our plans will help enable local people to get on the housing ladder, as well as tackling the local need for affordable housing - 30% of the new homes will be affordable.
A range of new 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes
30% of the new homes will be affordable
The public open space will provide areas for local recreation, including a new play area
The retention and enhancement of the woodland 'buffer' along the western extent of the site
The extension of the existing green infrastructure framework along the southern extent of the site, which will benefit wildlife and local amenity
There will be areas of informal open space, including retained and proposed trees throughout the development.
The landscape buffer along the western and southern extent of the site will provide a focal feature as well as opportunities for new landscape planting and biodiversity enhancements.
New play space combined with new pedestrian links will provide exercise and recreational opportunities for both new and existing residents.
All boundary features are being incorporated and retained within the development, so existing habitats will be safeguarded. Proposals for ecological enhancements will be developed alongside the proposals for new landscaping.
Ecological enhancements can include introducing wetland features associated with the sustainable drainage scheme, native wetland species planting, wildflower seeding, native tree and shrub planting, bird and bat boxes, hedgehog access points and wildlife corridors throughout the site using existing and proposed vegetation.
A drainage strategy will be submitted with the application. Initial survey work and consultation has been undertaken with the Council’s Drainage officer to consider drainage issues at the site. Our consultants recommend that surface water drainage will be achieved via an agreed sustainable urban drainage system and attenuation basin within the western extent of the site. The drainage strategy will ensure flood risk is minimised for both new and existing properties.