One developed a masterplan in consultation with all stakeholders and interested parties to create a high quality, sustainable development with character and a real sense of place. With provision for up to 165 homes, this includes a mix of tenures and dwelling types.
The site is well contained visually with limited hedgerows and ecology but One’s landscape and masterplanning team recognised the area suffers from a real deficit of public open space and children’s play provision. The landscape character is urban fringe with an operational landfill, with the Crewe to Manchester railway line dominating the setting.
One conducted a detailed site assessment of all environmental baseline including topography, vegetation, visual impact, planning designations, open space audit, local built character and landscape character, which culminated in a landscape appraisal report. The team also co-ordinated and assessed all of the technical constraints and opportunities i.e. flood risk and drainage, geo-technical ground conditions, transport and movement, archaeology and cultural heritage, air quality, noise and arboriculture, which all fed into developing the outline conceptual masterplan.
- Stakeholder engagement and pre-application meetings fed into the outline proposals and following the design and production of public exhibition material and attendance at public consultation, a detailed masterplan and landscape design strategy was formulated before the Design and Access Statement was produced.
- One’s detailed landscape masterplan had a number of key features that helped to ensure the success of the project including:
- Active frontages for natural surveillance;
- Significant infrastructure planting to enhance the landscape character, with avenue street trees to enhance the residential streetscape;
- Streets designed as places which are safe, attractive and establish a sense of community;
- Layout to encourage low traffic speeds;
- Green infrastructure (existing/proposed hedgerows, wildlife corridors and sustainable urban drainage) with a network of footpaths; and
- Significant public open space (10.37 acres) providing green links, informal recreation, formal play and a designated wildlife reserve.