13.02.2022

Masterplan for connected community near Barnstaple wins approval

With lack of connectivity in new greenfield housing developments hitting the headlines recently, we were pleased to learn that our landscape-led masterplan for a development in the sensitive green wedge between the North Devon villages of Bickington and Fremington, was awarded planning consent this week.

Adjacent to an established development to the east and more recent development to the north, the new residential development of up to 80 homes has been designed to enable residents to connect with nature and the countryside. The masterplan design allows the new homes to sit within generous areas of community green open spaces. This will be connected community, a short walk from local amenities with sustainable transport links to Barnstaple, Bideford and beyond with excellent connectivity to the wider walking and cycling network.

The design delivers 10% on-site Biodiversity Net Gain and achieves the delicate balance of delivering housing that meets identified local housing need, within a sensitive location. The position of the development envelope was carefully considered, retaining and enhancing existing landscape features and a large area of community open space to the western edge of the site, to maintain the landscape and visual separation of Bickington and Fremington in key views.

The successful submission for Cavanna Homes on this unallocated site which lies outside the development boundary was a team effort – the work of urban design team at LHC Design, together with EAD Ecology, David Wilson Partnership, AWP Exeter, AC Archaeology, Clake Willmott and AR Land & Planning.