Former Ropley Quarry Development
First in a series of blogs from our very own in-house Architectural Design Team Manager, Helen Needham. Taking a different approach to the usual manner in which we consider our planning consent stories, when we give you an overview of how consent is achieved - over the coming weeks Helen will be explaining how the process of applying develops with one of our current clients, as it happens. Starting with the initial approach and masterplan at the outset of the journey, here’s Helen:
The site of the former quarry at Ropley, Alresford, in East Hampshire, has provided a really interesting and brilliantly challenging base and terrain to work with. The design team including Ant, David, and Helen here at Oakwrights, our client, Martyn of Hornbeam Homes (Ropley) Ltd, and the Planning consultant, Ben of LDPC, have worked hard together to establish an appropriate and sensitive masterplan of eleven new houses and garages which will ultimately be built to an extremely high quality. The existing varied site levels were surveyed and considered very carefully before we formed the proposal. We worked with the existing levels where possible, and in some areas we have proposed to cut into and slightly re-sculpt the setting; all the existing material is to be reused over the site and the revised levels established in order to allow good road access and entry into the site, and level platforms for the houses. Stepped gardens are to be formed where steep escarpments currently belong, and they are to be filled with carefully designed planting by the landscape designers, Enderby Associates. By re-sculpturing the large cliff like faces, we have been able to allow more light into the site, and to create levels for a varied green landscape context where we are to use local and flourishing planting to enhance this new hamlet in a Hampshire village. We have also been working alongside the ecological consultants, to create and encourage a ‘wildlife corridor’ through the site. All in all we feel we have established a strong and well thought out concept and master plan, working with the existing geology, now for East Hampshire Council to consider at their pre-application advice stage.
In the meantime, we are currently working up the detailed Planning designs for the individual houses to prepare the Full Planning application, all by hand, ensuring each house takes the best advantage of its views, orientation, and the light over the site, with well thought out living spaces being planned. We are considering how the houses relate to each other in terms of their materials and form and indeed the land form itself, and internally how the occupiers will arrange their furniture and live in the spaces. This is an ambitious project, and we are confident we are working towards a highly successful and positive country contemporary development that will vastly improve the site and be available to a number of potential individuals and families for years to come.
To book your consultation with Helen Needham at either The Homebuilding & Renovating London Show on 25th – 27th September or Grand Designs Live NEC on 8th – 11th October, get in touch with Oakwrights Marketing Assistant, Abby Barrington, on 01432 361966 or email:AbbyBarrington@oakwrights.co.uk