It is proposed to develop the site sensitively for residential development while providing extensive public open space. A total of 60 dwellings is proposed in a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced housing; a small number of flats and bungalows are also proposed to address local housing needs for smaller affordable, and accessible lifetime home properties.
Given the site's size of 3.15 hectares, theoretically at a normal average density of 30 dwellings per hectare, the site could accommodate circa 100 dwellings. However, Cotswold Homes have assessed the site and consider that a low-density development would best respect the edge of settlement location here (approximately 19 dwellings per hectare is proposed) and provide an appropriate transition between urban and rural areas. Accordingly, a large swathe of public open space is provided on the site's eastern and northern boundaries and a low-density approach has been adopted overall.
Bungalows and larger detached properties with correspondingly larger gardens are considered to be best located on the northern and eastern edges of the site to provide a rural transition and the emerging layout shows this. Along Trinity Lane, and in particular fronting onto St John's Way, a more urban approach has been suggested.
Design & Materials
In relation to design, Cotswold Homes would prefer to adopt a traditional approach to the proposed housing in this location, to respect the character of the existing form of development found in the town and in the adjacent rural area.
In terms of materials that will be used in the development, a palette will be adopted across the site for design consistency. This palette will include natural stone, red tile roofs, decorative openings for windows and doors with red brick, rough cast render, and other traditional materials found in keeping with the surrounding vernacular.