Plans have been approved for 47 new homes on a site just north of the town of Milnrow, Rochdale.
Designed for Lancet Homes, the scheme will create a high-quality new community that works with, and responds sensitively to, the site’s rural setting.
The scheme’s layout has been informed by a nearby cluster of farm buildings, with the new homes grouped into ‘character areas’ that feature open-ended courtyards offering views out to the surrounding countryside. Taking further reference from the landscape, the homes have been planned to follow the line of the existing contours of the site and each home is designed to respond to the landform.
Within the development, homes of different scales will be created ranging from five bedroom family houses to two bedroom bungalows to encourage the creation of a vibrant, multi-generational community.
A strong sustainability agenda also sits at the heart of the design. Each home will feature high airtightness values to reduce carbon use, large windows to reduce the need for artificial lighting and have been orientated to avoid overheating. Each home will also have an electric car charging point.
Key to the landscape concept is the creation of a large area of natural public open space to the eastern edge of the development. To activate the space, recreational routes for walking, jogging and dog walking have been provided alongside a series of informal mowed footpaths will provide longer journeys through the wildflower meadow grassland.
Associate Director, Martin Kirkpatrick, said: “The projects continues the high quality residential design ethos of the practice. The layout is site responsive and respectful of the heritage of the adjacent buildings. Bespoke house types have been used across the site in response to changes in level and to maximise the openness towards the listed buildings. Our study of the materials and local vernacular has informed the design response to ensure that the new development is distinctly of its place.”