Appledore Housing

Landscape led housing – Mix Tenure sustainable housing scheme in Appledore

OCRA were pleased to be approached by a private land owner in Appledore to help develop a planning application for a low density housing scheme in line with the current adopted planning policy. The site lies on the outskirts of Appledore and benefits from wide ranging views over the river.

Working with the client and the consultant team OCRA have developed an approach for a landscape lead approach that enables a mix of housing types, tenures and styles which have been located to respond to the current topography, and the site wide landscaping approach. The scheme has a wide central road with shared surfaces lined with swales to each side to address water run off and to create a mix of bio diverse habits on the site. The swales are linked back to a retention basin at the base of the site surrounded by a mix of grasses and reed planting.

The current scheme looks at 26 units on the site, focused around a highly sustainable and low carbon development approach. The buildings will be a mix of tenure types reflecting the applicants ambition to include a diverse mix of types on the plot.

To the top of the site a wildflower meadow and orchard is proposed with play spaces threaded through the area to create a space for both the local and wider community to enjoy.

Working with our established partnership organisations the site layout has been designed hand in glove with a development appraisal and outline cost plan to ensure that the scheme is a viable business model for the developer and funder from the outset.

Whilst still at an early stage the buildings are designed with PassivHaus principles and it is intended as the design develops that the scheme will be built to achieve a Passivhaus / zero carbon accreditation. Due to the site’s location and the surrounding infrastructure, the scheme includes a large amount of on-site renewable and power generation along with a site wide landscaping approach.

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