The 9.55 acre site lies immediately North of Buckwell Close and is accessed via Belle Hill on one of the main approach roads into Kingsbridge from the North, linking Dartmouth and Totnes via the A381.
In October 2017 the site received an outline planning approval (ref: 0299/17/OPA) for up to 96 dwellings. As a result of this the principles of building a residential development are already in place with the Reserved Matters and Section 73 applications seeking to gain detailed approval for the design and external appearance of the proposed buildings, their siting and levels, as well as the finishing materials, drainage disposal, parking etc.
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Careful consideration has been given to the proposals in terms of their relationship with adjoining residential neighbours as well as the development edge where it abuts open farmland, to ensure that the proposed development nestles into the existing town and provides a suitable edge to the perimeters of the site.
In gaining a detailed approval, we will be able to implement and commit to the developer obligations detailed in the outline planning Section 106 legal agreement. The community benefits and financial contributions are as follows:
The site location and boundaries plans are shown below:
Of the 28 affordable homes, 21 would be for rent and 7 would be shared ownership.
Our proposals account for these gradients and we have arranged streets and plots to maximise views, whilst ensuring level access for all properties. Consideration has also been given to ensure that there is a clear definition between public and private areas and that streets and spaces are well overlooked.
Parking provision has been carefully considered to ensure a good level of parking across the site in a variety of forms. Parking has been integrated into the scheme so that vehicles do not dominate the street scene and public spaces. The majority of parking is provided on plot with large properties benefiting from single and integrated garaging. Visitor spaces are also incorporated into the proposals.
Properties will consist of a material and colour palette to reflect the local character of the village. This will consist primarily of ‘off white’ and light grey rendered properties to reflect the historic cottages evident throughout the village. This will be complimented with the use of slate hanging which is a typical rural material seen throughout Kingsbridge and Devon, adding variation and interest to key buildings. The porches to properties will also have vertical timber battens which will contrast with the external render and soften the overall feel of the development.
Property roofs will be natural slate reflecting the dominant roofing material used within Kingsbridge to reinforce the rural setting.
All surface water drainage will be attenuated on site before being discharged via a South West Water requisition sewer.