The Council is in the process of preparing the replacement Local Plan 2013 – 2033. The emerging Local Plan seeks to deliver a total of 14,240 dwellings across the Plan Period, equating to 712 dwellings per annum (dpa). This is a significant increase to historic housing delivery targets in the local authority.
The proposal would deliver much needed attractive new housing on a brownfield site in a sustainable location.
The submitted proposals include the following:
- 61 homes across six individual blocks, including:
- 15 x one-bedroom apartments
- 46 x two-bedroom apartments
- 12 affordable homes (11 x two-bedroom apartments; 1 x one -bedroom apartment)
- Most apartments benefit from private patios, balconies or terraces
Parking and access
- Vehicular access to the majority of the apartment buildings from Malvern Road
- Vehicle access to a single apartment building from St Peter’s Road
- 84 car parking spaces, including a mix of allocated and unallocated/visitor spaces
- Secure cycle parking for all residents
- Pedestrian links throughout the site and the proposed widening of the existing footway on Furze Platt Road
- Proposed improvements to pedestrian crossing facilities on Furze Platt Road
- Internal refuse storage and adequate space for refuse vehicle turning
Design and scale
- A design approach which responds to both the industrial heritage of the site and the surrounding industrial buildings, as well as the adjacent Furze Platt Conservation Area to the south west
- The apartment buildings range in scale from 2.5 – 4 storeys depending on their position and site levels
Open space and landscaping
- A large area of open amenity space in centre of the site
- Extensive new landscaping across the site, including tree and shrub planting to frame the parking courts
- Green frontages and new planting incorporated on Furze Platt Road, Malvern Road and St Peter’s Road, enhancing the local street scene
- Private terraces and balconies for the majority of apartments
When designing the masterplan for the site the following considerations have been taken on board:
- Ground level has been graded down from Malvern Road to the lower level of St Peters Road, at a 1:20 gradient
- The site treated as an urban enclave, with inward looking perimeter buildings.
- Site formed around a structured urban square with a central green.
- Key space to conclude the viewing corridor into the site.
- Building heights and aspects respond to the adjacent uses, environmental conditions and site levels. Main access into site from Malvern Road. Secondary access from St Peters Road.
- Structured landscaping appropriate to an urban setting.
- Key buildings fronting Malvern Road and Furze Platt Road designed to respond to the Conservation Area setting.