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Land off Bedford Road – LS1

Tackling key issues

Land off Bedford Road – LS1

Affordable Housing.

The site layout illustrates that a range of dwellings are proposed, including 74 affordable homes ranging from 1 and 2 bed apartments, to 2, 3 and 4 bed houses. These will be available for intermediate rent and shared equity. The mix and range of dwellings will assist in contributing to the balanced community.

 

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New Open Space

The proposed development allocates over 33% of the site as open space. Key benefits for new and existing residents include:

  • A focal green at the heart of the new development;
  • A new park along the Brook which will provide a green corridor between the new homes and Henlow Camp;
  • New homes fronting onto open space, creating an attractive community;
  • Green edges to create natural surveillance and ensure the new homes blend into the landscape.

 

Managing water on-site

The site will carefully manage rainwater on-site, so that it flows into neighbouring watercourses and the local drainage network at the same rate that rainwater drains from the site currently. This is a requirement of the Environment Agency who will be a statutory consultee on the application.

This uses a range of different methods to slow down and retain water in designated areas on-site, so that it can trickle off-site in a managed way. In accordance with best practice, it is proposed to provide attenuation up to and including the 1 in 100 year storm event plus 30% extra capacity for potential future climate change impacts.

The proposals would be designed to take into account the local water table levels, so that these do not impact on the development or neighbouring residents. The site has been mapped thoroughly to ensure that no development takes place within flood zones 2 and 3, those which are at risk of flooding.

 

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Improving habitats

As it is, the land is currently a fairly poor habitat for wildlife. The proposals would seek to maintain those few habitats that already exist – within trees and hedgerows – in addition to encouraging diversity with the creation of new habitats within gardens and open spaces.

The hedgerows surrounding the site will be thickened up with native species and regular, active management. Native species such as Hawthorne will create a food source for local wildlife as well as creating an attractive edge to the village.

There are some mature trees within the site and most will be retained. Where trees have to be removed – through ill health or poor life expectancy – they will be replaced by new, semi-mature trees.  There will be significant new planting and landscaping to help the scheme sensitively set itself into the landscape.

 

Landscape and Integration

The proposals have been carefully considered to ensure that the new homes blend into the existing community. Careful thought has been given to ensure that open spaces are high quality, with planting to create a place where people feel at home. 

The sites’ existing trees are retained wherever possible, including high quality trees. This will help to maintain privacy for existing residents and create a ‘green and leafy’ development. 

Barratt and David Wilson Homes have strong reputations for tackling issues quickly and communicating effectively with neighbours when developing new homes. Specialising in quality developments within villages and towns, Barratt and David Wilson Homes work closely with neighbouring residents to minimise disruption and tackle issues quickly.

Barratt and David Wilson Homes will also work closely with the communities where it develops, often offering its expertise and occasional man-power to tackle local projects as well as encouraging new residents to use and support services from the moment they move in. 

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