The masterplan builds upon the character of the adjacent ‘The Avenues’ Conservation Area, with a masterplan and design approach that reflects the local identity and embodies the best of parkland estates and garden suburbs. The scheme is focused around a Landscape Framework which creates a major hill top park in the centre of the development, providing excellent access to open space, a community orchard and allotments and excellent public spaces and gardens for the new houses.
The open space provided Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace which as well as providing for the community, it meets the needs of existing residents in the surrounding area and helps to offset pressure on the nearby Exe Estuary SPA. This approach enabled the scheme to avoid costly offsite mitigation payments and to ensure that the added value of the landscape and open space was captured by the proposed development.
Accessibility to the countryside will be improved with new footpath links. Enhanced hedgerow and wildlife habitats will improve bio-diversity. The sensitively designed, sustainable development achieved outline planning consent in 2014.
Subsequently Clinton Devon Estates entered into a joint venture with Taylor Wimpey Homes to secure Reserved Matters planning and deliver the scheme. LHC Design have continued to be involved in the project as quality and technical advisors and landscape architects to Clinton Devon Estates.