Proposed New Homes for Lytchett Matravers

Wyatt Homes

Land east of Flowers Drove presents the opportunity to deliver around 30 new homes

About the site

The site sits to the north east of Lytchett Matravers on land east of Flowers Drove.

The site is in a sustainable location with access to a number of facilities:

  • Approximately 400m from the village centre.
  • The nearest bus stop is positioned on Lime Kiln Road, (less than 1 minutes’ walk). This is served by bus route no.10 providing an hourly service connection between Lytchett Matravers and Poole town centre (via Poole railway station) throughout the day (Monday to Saturday).
  • The Lytchett Matravers Pre-School and Primary School, located on Wareham Road, is within approximately 1,000 meters of the site.
  • Within the catchment area of Lytchett Minster Comprehensive School. The School is accessible by school bus service 718 that stops at the Wareham Road bus stop, 5 minutes’ walk (400 meters).
  • Within 300m of the Lytchett Matravers Village Green playing fields, and in close proximity to a number of existing green and open spaces located elsewhere in the village, including the multi-Use-Games-Area (MUGA) located adjacent to the Lytchett Matravers Pre-School and Primary School to the south.

Site location - click to enlarge

Site location - click to enlarge


Constraints and opportunities

We have assessed the site to gain an understating of its constraints and opportunities for residential development. A number of themes have been identified that have in particular helped to shape the masterplan which includes utilities and drainage, the site levels and views, landscape structure and biodiversity, and access and movement. A summary of the ecological and drainage considerations are summarised below.

Ecology

Ecological surveys and assessments have identified that the majority of the site comprises habitats of limited nature conservation interest. The woodland area will be retained and, where possible, boundary hedgerows will be retained and / or replaced within the development. In addition to this, sensitive lighting, bat boxes and bird boxes will be included to support existing species on site.

The proposals include measures to ensure no adverse effects are felt on internationally designated sites including the Dorset Heaths SAC and Poole Harbour SPA. This includes provision of a bespoke Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) for recreation to avoid disturbance of birds.

Drainage

The site sits within Flood Zone 1, which is the lowest Flood Risk. Runoff generated by the development will be stored on-site within Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), including a series of seasonal detention basins or permanently wet ponds at the western edge of site.

Wessex Water have agreed that foul flows from the development can connect to their existing adopted foul sewer network.

Constraints and opportunities plan

Constraints and opportunities plan - click to enlarge


The proposals

We are looking to bring forward a development that responds positively to the qualities of the site and its setting. The proposed development would deliver 30 new homes on the site. Up to 40% of the new homes will be affordable housing (including shared ownership and rent).

CGI to show how proposals could look, view from the north west corner of the site

CGI to show how proposals could look, view from the north west corner of the site - click to enlarge

Concept Masterplan

Illustrative masterplan - click to enlarge

Design approach

The site provides an opportunity to create a new residential neighbourhood which responds positivity to its existing features and successfully integrates with Lytchett Matravers. Some of the key design features include:

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Hedgerows retained to maintain the ‘green approach character’ to the village along Wimbome Road, with existing boundary planting retained and strengthened where possible.

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Existing woodland area retained with potential to create public access and footpath connections.

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New homes set back to front the retained hedgerow along Flowers Drove.

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The street will gently slope down to access shared surface lanes where a range of properties will front an informal green.

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By providing ‘back-to-back’ arrangements between new and existing dwellings, the proposals ensure that the exposed site edges are made secure to establish a safer residential environment.

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The development will offer a variety of house types and tenures to meet local housing requirements.

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The dwellings will be traditional in design to reflect the character and appearance of the village.

Access and highways

Our proposed access plans include a number of key features, such as:

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A new vehicular access into the site will be provided from Wimborne Road. This would take the form of a simple give-way junction.

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Pedestrian access will also be provided to the existing footway network at Wimborne Road and from Flowers Drove.

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Opportunities to provide an additional pedestrian access to the SANG will also be explored.

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Car and cycle parking will be provided in accordance with the adopted parking standards.

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The new streets within the development will be designed to encourage slow vehicle movements with a target design speed of 10-15mph, including through variation of street surfaces to indicate changes in character and to assist with slowing traffic speeds.

Character and landscape

We want to create an attractive and sustainable development that respects its setting and existing neighbours. To do so we have incorporated the following features:

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A new vehicular access with pedestrian footpaths on both sides will be created onto Wimborne Road with new tree and hedgerow planting creating a ‘green and leafy’ character. The street will gently slope down to access shared surface lanes where a range of cottage style properties will front an informal green.

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The proposed layout has been designed to sit comfortably with the existing settlement pattern, with housing set back from visually sensitive boundaries. The new homes are orientated to provide a safe residential environment.

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Properties fronting onto Flowers Drove will remain set back from the site boundary, behind the retained hedgerow and a new access road. Where possible new boundary planting can be provided to help strengthen the ‘green edge’ character of the proposed development.

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The woodland area along the northern boundary would be retained and improved to provide additional wildlife benefits and screening. Within the proposed housing development, additional tree and shrub planting would be introduced. This will reinforce the sense of village character and deliver a positive response and integration of the site to its wider landscape setting.

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A sustainable drainage (SuDS) feature, such as an attenuation pond would be provided on the low ground within the site and would be designed to be safe, attractive and offer benefits to wildlife.

Climate change and sustainable construction

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Our homes are built to stand the test of time using high quality materials incorporating energy and water efficient design.

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Robust energy efficiency standards that exceed current building regulations and reduce CO2 emissions, achieved through high levels of insulation and thermal massing combined with high specification glazing and efficient heating and ventilation.

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Electric vehicle charging infrastructure to be provided on every private plot.

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Sustainable Drainage Systems are designed to accommodate increased intensity and frequency of rainfall events associated with climate change.

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Green infrastructure and planting provides shading and cooling to help reduce heat stress.

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