Case study

24 New Homes and a Village Hall

24 New Homes and a Village Hall

Maximising the site development value and overcoming significant environmental constraints

The challenge

Our client had secured outline planning permission for this development in Allington, Wiltshire. We were instructed to put together the ‘Reserved Matters’ application, to address some outstanding site issues, and look at ways to optimise the development value.

The land was situated in a flood zone, with various archaeological and ecological issues to resolve to secure full planning consent.

Our solution

Firstly, we suggested design changes to increase the size of the houses and change their outlook to provide countryside views, which greatly enhanced the development value.

Local Planning Officers were concerned that the development could ‘harden’ the landscape. So, we consulted with landscape architects on the design to ensure a soft, vegetated edge that blended in with the surroundings.

We also commissioned external engineers to design a flood compensation scheme and drainage plan.

Our team was responsible for co-ordinating a wide range of external experts and for ensuring that all the required reports were all submitted on time and to the highest standards.

Project success

The reserved matters application was approved in June 2017 and building work is due to start later in the year.

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