Medstead Farm

This site was an allocated reserve housing site in the adopted East Hampshire District Local Plan – Second Review.

Our clients, Persimmon Homes, were proposing to develop the land for new open market and affordable housing. The site was used for a mix of agricultural purposes and unmanaged grassland. To the north of the site lay a designated Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). To the northwest of the site lay an existing housing development.

The principles of development therefore were:

  • Vehicular access from the existing housing development.
  • Retention of the majority of the existing boundary and internal hedgerows and the existing trees worthy of preservation.
  • A low-density layout, with a reduction in density as one travels from the north-eastern corner to the south-western corner.
  • A green “corridor” through the site with a central open space.
  • A permeable layout with convenient links through the site to the adjacent open space and existing development.

We worked alongside the client using our architectural, town planning, and urban design team members to bring together a coherent scheme that takes into account all the contextual constraints, achieving planning consent.

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