LHC Design was commissioned to develop concept proposals for a new settlement at Wisloe, adjacent to the M5 south of Slimbridge. Since 2020 our urban design and landscape teams have been working hard to understand the site, inviting comprehensive community feedback to create a sustainable masterplan plan for a new garden community.
The new settlement could provide around 1,500 new homes set within multifunctional green and blue infrastructure. The masterplan draws on the character of the Severn Vale and surrounding villages and its landscape context between the Cotswolds AONB and Severn Estuary. The community would have its own distinctive identity, be connected to its landscape setting, facilitate a healthy and high-quality life for its residents and deliver enhanced facilities for existing communities.
The Ernest Cook Trust and Gloucestershire County Council
Landscape, Urban Design & Masterplanning
The site itself is largely level, with attractive views to the wider landscape to the east and west with good access to the Cotswolds and Severn Estuary. The world renowned WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre on the banks of the River Severn is around three miles away and the Cotswolds begin to the east of the site.
Infrastructure elements create significant constraints to the site layout and deliverability. It is bounded by the M5 to the east, The A38 to the west, and the Gloucester to Bristol railway line to the south. A high pressure gas main runs north south through the middle of the site. We have been working closely with the client, technical consultants and agents to ensure the scheme is viable and deliverable.
With an innovative approach to sustainability, we’re exploring how we can raise the standard of sustainable development to meet Stroud District Council’s carbon neutral targets and all residents to live as sustainably as possible.
The masterplan has been developed with reference to Garden City Principles, with the Town and Country Planning Association define as:
A Garden City is a holistically planned new settlement which enhances the natural environment and offers high-quality affordable housing and locally accessible work in beautiful, healthy and sociable communities.
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Development values are being explored for the site, with extensive public consultation work undertaken to ensure that the needs and concerns of the nearby local residents are addressed. Due to the site’s close relationship with neighbouring Slimbridge and Cambridge, coalescence has been identified as a key issue for existing residents. Initial work focused around creating clear identities for the new centres within the development, ensuring the new settlement has distinctive characteristics that separate it from its neighbouring villages.
Wisloe will have an integrated green and blue infrastructure network with walkable neighbourhoods, walking and cycling links to facilities, surrounding communities and the wider landscape. The site will have excellent access to public transport and transport connections to the wider region with links to Cam and Dursley railway station secured through the development. The development will aspire to reduce the reliance on the car as a mode of transport, working with local communities on initiatives that will relieve existing and future potential pressure on the road network.