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Radwinter, Essex


The low-density development at Radwinter is a bespoke collection of 35 houses situated in the Village of Radwinter, Essex adjacent to the Radwinter Church of England (aided) Primary School. Appointed by Enterprise Property Group Ltd (EPGL), Liz Lake Associates were tasked with creating a high-quality street scene, in keeping with the Village of Radwinter that enhances the quality of the new cluster of houses and also provides ample green infrastructure. Ecological considerations were incredibly important to the design owing to the close proximity to the River Pant which dictates the eastern boundary of the site. This location already provides extensive ecological habitat that we were keen to retain and sensitively enhance. This lead to the creation of a Landscape and Ecological Management Plan (LEMP) document which we worked on extensively with ecologists to ensure that the ecological credentials of the site are protected during construction and for the next generation and beyond.

The proposals shown on the Landscape Master Plan illustrate a high-quality scheme. The quality and setting of proposed open green space in relation to the built form reflects the scale of the surrounding village pattern and rural nature of the area. The introduced trees and planting reinforce wildlife corridors and the links to existing footpaths and amenities settle the scheme into the village envelope. The retention of many existing trees was important to the scheme from the outset and these are supported by the planting of further proposed trees of native varieties which are incorporated into the planting proposals. The biodiversity of the site could increase owing to the landscape proposals by establishing rich and diverse habitat types and ecological corridors that traverse the site.

All properties have high quality planting to their frontages that is intended to be slightly formal in form with colourful highlights throughout the year. The scheme was given planning permission and the resulting scheme is very special.