GREEN AND BLUE
A landscape-led approach to developing the Framework Masterplan has been adopted and, where possible, has sought to retain as many of the existing on-site features as possible. The landscape strategy focuses on connections and green links through the site and out to the wider context beyond the site boundary.
This approach has and will continue to focus the design on permeability, movement and importance of open space forming the structure of the masterplan.
The current strategy proposes the following:
A green link following the route of the public right of way.
Two large open green spaces which are centrally located within each character/neighbourhood area.
A network of green fingers to provide links to the landscape throughout the development and to all users. These will be used to facilitate walkable/cyclable neighbourhoods.
The provision of natural and semi-natural provision including an ecological fringe running from the southwest, around the western boundary to the north where the site abuts the A259. This will include the Wellness Trail for group/family or individual active or passive recreation, bringing them closer to nature.
The amenity green space with comprise a predominantly meadow and species-rich grassland, promoting native invertebrate habitats. The key opportunity is to create a range of habitat mosaics. The resulting biodiversity will create in turn a rural character.
Play provision will be distributed in accordance with Fields in Trust guidance, such that every child is within walking distance from a play area.
The variety of open spaces will be suitable for all ages and activities and will also be designed to maximise the number of new habitats to promote biodiversity and attract a range of species.
The proposed drainage infrastructure has been designed to use the existing topography of the site and its existing, historic rife’s and ditches. A comprehensive surface water drainage strategy has been developed to manage the increased surface water runoff from the development in a safe manner with an appreciation of the potential impacts of climate change as well as other ecological and hydrological considerations.
The approach of the proposed drainage regime is to mimic the existing natural drainage as closely as possible, provide betterments where possible (through the creation of new habitats etc.) and prevent an increase in flood risk to the wider area.
The primary SuDS features for the development are attenuation basins which manage the surface water runoff volume generated by restricting flows and prevent flooding of the site or the wider area. These features also provide additional levels of water treatment, enhance the amenity of the local area and contribute towards biodiversity. These attenuation basins can take the form of either ponds (with a permanent water level) or basins (usually dry and filling up with water during storm events) to suit the levels/biodiversity/landscaping requirements.
There are many other SuDS features that provide treatment, amenity and biodiversity benefits, including, but not limited to:
Cellular storage tanks
These will be further explored as the strategy progresses. Any drainage solution will be agreed with relevant statutory body and discussions with these are already underway.