Wainhomes is recognised as one of the UK’s leading house builders, this strategic green-field site within Cornwall had a number of challenging site issues not least the steep aspect of the site and relatively constrained position adjacent to primary road and ancient hedgerows. The site is to be developed into 235 new homes with some retail provision, a new high quality entrance square and a series of linked open spaces incorporating bespoke play facilities.
The planning process required an overall design code to help inform the overall masterplan, this design code highlighted the need for a series of linked ‘character zones’ and development parcels needed to create an informed and contextual appropriate masterplan. The intention was to create a development with a distinct sense of place and a legible high quality environment which would sit well within the local semi-rural context. Strategic tree planting with species of local provenance was design at the outset of the scheme to ensure services would not affect future growth potential, working closely with the client and design team including service engineers, Liz Lake Associates developed a scheme which had high quality public realm as well as year round interest.
Phase 1 of the scheme is currently under development, with the remaining final phase to be submitted to Cornwall Council in late 2015.