MDG Architects have just submitted an Outline Planning submission on behalf of the Claverdon Community Land Trust, which comprise of 12 affordable dwellings around a triangular community green and play area. The proposals take cues from agricultural architecture respecting the local farmland context, as well as incorporating secure by design principles around the central community green.
Community allotments, orchards, native hedgerows, habitat ponds and spinney areas are incorporated into the proposals to encourage community engagement as well as increase the biodiversity of the existing grade 3 agricultural farmland site.
Housing needs surveys that were carried out as part of the evidence gathering for the neighbourhood plan for the Claverdon Parish Council and Norton Lindsey Parish Councils, identified a need for 12 alternative/affordable homes. The submitted scheme includes a mix of eight low rise/single storey dwellings against the boundaries with existing dwellings, and four two storey dwellings located north west of the site.
Sustainability is integral to the design proposals, which includes ground source heat recovery, orientation, solar shading, rainwater harvesting, solar panels, drainage ponds for habitat areas and high levels of insulation. Sustainable travel will be encouraged with the inclusion of dedicated cycle storage and electric car chargers.