Gwallon Keas

St Austell

Overview

This new development of 190 homes consists of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom houses within a beautiful countryside setting.

Context

The Gwallon Keas site, situated at the gateway to St Austell, has outline planning permission for residential development which was approved in 2015.

Gwallon Keas Context

Outline planning permission was granted in 2015 subject to the completion of a section 106 agreement. This was finalised recently and outline planning consent granted for up to 190 homes, 1250 square metres of employment space including a family restaurant / public house, structural landscaping, drainage and ancillary open spaces. The section 106 agreement includes various financial contributions including education and highway transportation, together with the provision of new affordable homes.

The reserved matters application we are now preparing relates only to the housing part of the permission.

They include:

—   appearance
—   landscaping 
—   layout
—   scale

Details of the commercial / employment development will follow in due course.

Proposed

Our Gwallon Keas development at Holmbush Road is an opportunity to provide 190 new homes at the entrance to St Austell with excellent links to local amenities and the town centre.

The affordable homes element will be delivered in partnership with a local affordable housing provider to comply with Section 106 requirements. Importantly, the site currently offers tremendous connectivity and transport links for its new residents.

Gwallon Keas Proposed
Gwallon Keas Proposed

We have thought carefully about how the house styles at Gwallon Keas will complement the landscape and existing styles of buildings in Cornwall. We attended a Design Review Panel of architects, listened to local opinion and are incorporating the latest aesthetic building ideas — including our innovative internal meters that can be read wirelessly, meaning no unsightly boxes on the outside of the buildings.

Development Character

The layout of the development has been carefully considered to retain much of the existing trees and hedgerows providing an attractive parkland setting. The design creates a visually interesting townscape that respects local character with a range of building forms and heights. The buildings are interspersed with ‘green corridors’, open spaces with sufficient space for large growing trees which can contribute to softening wider visual impacts of the proposed development. 

The houses will be a mixture of modern terrace houses, classic semi-detached and individual plots of a style reflecting the character of the area. The illustration shows a typical street scene which will be softened with structured landscaping with the buildings sat against a background of mature trees.

The houses will demonstrate a modern twist on a classic Cornish style in a parkland setting with the main features maintaining a rhythm along the street frontages. There will be a variety of materials used including render, brick, stone, slate and boarding.

Site Plan