This Sustainable Urban Extension, on the edge of Malvern in Worcestershire, comprises 800 new homes, 10ha of employment land, a local centre and sports facilities, set within comprehensive green infrastructure.
FPCR undertook the masterplanning for the scheme, on behalf of Gleeson Developments and Welbeck Strategic Land. A Design and Access Statement and Parameters Plans were produced to support the outline planning application. The masterplanning exercise had to overcome various challenges, such as sensitive treatment to the setting of a listed farmhouse, conservation of semi-natural open space for wildlife, and meeting the specific criteria for the site allocation, as set out in the Local Plan. The masterplan incorporates a ‘Central Green Spine’ to retain views to the Malvern Hills AONB. Development plots are set within a network of multi-functional green corridors, comprising retained and proposed landscape features, such as ponds, hedgerows and tree planting.
The 52 hectare scheme has gained outline planning consent, and reserved matters schemes are now being progressed.