Planning Design was instructed by Wildgoose Homes to prepare and submit an outline planning application to secure the sustainable growth of an attractive village in the Derbyshire Dales. Marston Montgomery Primary School is currently at half capacity and is predicted to decline further. It was apparent that the school, along with other facilities, would benefit from residential development by supporting the vitality of the village.
The approved scheme proposes 22 high quality homes with 6 being on-site affordable units. The housing mix has been tailored to meet local needs providing appropriate accommodation for the elderly alongside starter and family homes. We believe that increasing housing options for elderly residents will also aid the release of existing family homes within the village.
We developed key character areas which would help assimilate the scheme into the village by replicating a farmstead and hamlet character in place of the farmyard separated by a planted break to village housing on the currently undeveloped area of the site. All built development will be contained within the low sensitivity landscape area and within the former village boundary, helping to minimise the visual impact of the scheme. The setting of the church and nearby listed buildings was also considered. This will be protected through the provision of public open space to the south west of the site.
Planning Design always strive to provide high quality developments and to maximise benefits for the local area. This scheme will provide sustainable development that will enhance the vitality of the village, support the local school and increase housing choice.
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