The site sits to the south of Lytchett Matravers and east of Wareham Road.
The site is in a sustainable location with access to a number of facilities:
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 including utilities and drainage, the site levels and views, landscape structure and biodiversity, and access and movement. A summary of the landscape, ecological and drainage considerations are outlined below.
The site is generally well contained, with most views restricted to a 1km radius from the site boundary. The closest public right of way, bridleway SE 17/7, is located 230m to the west of the site boundary and lined by dense hedgerows providing no views of the site. Similarly, hedgerows and trees lining Wareham Road block all views of the site.
The site is not within a landscape designation and, whilst the land surrounding the village (including the site) is currently within the Green Belt, the site is proposed for removal from the Green Belt within the emerging Local Plan.
Ecological surveys and assessments have identified that the majority of the site comprises habitats of limited nature conservation interest. Where possible hedgerows will be retained and / or replaced, along with a new area of informal open space in the east of the site that will provide new habitats. 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 on land at Flowers Drove to avoid disturbance of birds.
The site is located within Flood Zone 1, which is the lowest Flood Risk covering the majority of land in the UK with there being no lower risk category. Runoff generated by the development will be stored on-site within Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). Flows will then be discharged to the existing watercourse to the east of the site at the existing undeveloped (greenfield) runoff rates. The proposed strategy will also include a 40% allowance for the effects of climate change, providing betterment over undeveloped conditions where the rate and volume of runoff would continue to increase due to climate change.
The existing situation in relation to overland runoff and the principles of the surface water drainage strategy for the proposed development are illustrated on the plans on this page.
We are looking to bring forward a development that responds positively to the qualities of the site and its setting, ensuring future development will sensitively integrate with the existing village and the wider rural landscape setting.
The proposed development would bring 95 new homes at an average density of 27 dwellings per hectare (excluding open space) or 18 dwellings per hectare when including the areas of open space within the site. Up to 40% of the new homes will be affordable housing (including shared ownership and rent).
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The site provides an opportunity to create a new residential neighbourhood which responds positivity to its existing features and successfully integrates with Lytchett Matravers. A framework of five key principles underpins the design approach, including:
A welcoming arrival created through an open village green with new planting that would be framed by proposed homes.
Interconnected green streets and spaces will reflect a rural character and encourage biodiversity.
Pedestrian and cycle connections to integrate with the wider village, creating connected communities.
The development will offer a variety of house types and tenures to meet local housing requirements.
The dwellings will be traditional in design to reflect the character and appearance of the village.
Our proposed access plans include a number of key features, such as:
Vehicular and pedestrian access would be provided into the site from Wareham Road. This would take the form of a simple give way junction.
The new pedestrian access would connect with the existing footway on Wareham Road, linking to the primary school and the village centre.
The new streets within the development will be designed to encourage slow vehicle movements with a target design speed of 10-15mph.
Variation of street surfaces are encouraged to indicate changes in character and to assist with slowing traffic speeds.
Car and cycle parking will be provided in accordance with the adopted parking standards.
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:
The site access opens up to a welcoming arrival space from Wareham Road, offering inviting connections to the development. The space will be planted with a feature oak tree and will contain attractive ornamental planting.
The hedgerow and trees along the northern boundary would be retained and complemented with new planting. This will maintain a green corridor for wildlife and will create an attractive and leafy street through the site to an informal public parkland space. This open space will offer views toward the Purbeck Hills and Poole Harbour.
Heights of the properties will vary along the gently sloping streets to provide variety and interest. The walls, hedges and gates defining the property boundaries will reinforce the village feel. New planting will break up the street scene, provide seasonal colour, reinforcing the sense of village character.
A large open space would be provided to the east of the site, which would be subdivided into amenity open space, with an equipped play area and a natural open space – protecting existing wildlife and creating new areas of woodland, wetland and meadow. Informal paths will be provided to allow visitors to enjoy the space.
Existing trees will be retained and significant planting of new trees will take place throughout the site. This will reinforce the sense of village character and deliver a positive integration of the site to its wider landscape setting.
Two sustainable drainage (SuDS) features will be located in the natural space to the east of the site, close to the existing stream. One feature has been designed as a pond and the other as a wet meadow and both will complement the existing wetland habitat within the site.
Our homes are built to stand the test of time using high quality materials incorporating energy and water efficient design.
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.
Electric vehicle charging infrastructure to be provided on every private plot.
Sustainable Drainage Systems are designed to accommodate increased intensity and frequency of rainfall events associated with climate change.
Green infrastructure and planting provides shading and cooling to help reduce heat stress.