Looking Back at 2020
2020 was an exciting year for all of us, with a varied selection of interesting projects on the go and lots of new ways of working together to learn! Here we summarise a selection of the projects that we submitted as planning applications in 2020, be it in outline or in detail. The smaller ones are just as important to us as the larger strategic thinking ones that we love to get involved with. Check out the way we think about these projects – the importance of the context and our inspiration behind each design.
Grendon Underwood – Outline Application for up to 5 dwellings
In the historic linear village of Grendon Underwood, located to the west of Bicester, we designed a bespoke development of 5 family homes, again with the aim of enhancing and complementing the existing settlement. Our development in Grendon Underwood is located to the western edge and adjacent to the conservation area, so we have provided the proposed dwellings with generous gardens, taking advantage of the existing foliage to filter views between the proposed development and the listed building located nearby.
Our proposed concept is based on promoting wider connections, retaining existing green spaces and ensuring our design sits well within the wider context. We strive to create designs that really enrich places, leaving them greener and more sustainable for the future. For Grendon Underwood, we made sure to implement a series of biodiversity measures, including a habitat creation area, a landscaped attenuation basin, areas of scrub planting, thickened existing hedges, and large private gardens. All these measures seamlessly merge into the development, creating a real green legacy!
The local history is always one of the first things we take into consideration when putting together a proposal and we take the time to find out what is special about a settlement and if there are any clues as to the local vernacular or patterns of development. In Grendon Underwood, one of the important historical buildings is Grendon Hall, constructed in 1872 as a family home before becoming the first open prison in the United Kingdom in 1953. We made sure that our final masterplan respected this local character, both in terms of the local community and landscaping. We also introduced biodiversity features helping us to promote good neighbourhood placemaking while generating health benefits for both wildlife and the residents. Integration of the existing Public Right of Way ensured maximum accessibility between the open countryside, the new green spaces, and surrounding facilities and services.
Egerton – Full Application for 15 dwellings
For our client Jarvis Homes, we designed a bespoke development of 15 family homes in the beautiful village of Egerton in Kent. Our planning application took into consideration the wider context of the settlement, as the development is located to the south east of Egerton and close to an ancient barrow. As a result, we chose to keep as much of the landscape as open as possible – instead of proposing development on the entire parcel of land.
As with all of our planning applications, researching the local history was our first port of call and in Egerton, the key historical features were actually the views to the church. We ensured our development proposal framed these views and the proposed new landscaping integrated the new homes with the existing landscape. We believe it’s also important to take inspiration from the surroundings and to understand the context of a place, so for Egerton we studied the highweald AONB colour palette. Jarvis Homes only build their homes with beautiful natural products and materials, which results in well-built developments of high quality, sustainable houses.
In 2020, through the various proposals detailed above, we submitted designs and supporting planning documentation for 347 dwellings. As well as planning applications, we like to keep ourselves busy with longer term site promotions across the UK, including a number of strategic sites. In 2020 proposed in excess of 24,000 new across the Midlands and south east of England! We love creating the opportunity of new homes for families, young professionals and local communities. Thank you to all of the teams involved on each of these fantastic projects – and fingers crossed for successful planning applications!
Written by team edge