Approval of Reserved Matters at Burton Hill, Malmesbury

IPS are pleased to have achieved reserved matters approval for a site at Burton Hill, Malmesbury for our clients GreenSquare Homes Ltd. IPS have been involved in the strategic planning of this site for some time, including the promotion and allocation of the site through the Neighbourhood Plan Process and the approval of outline planning permission in May 2018.

This reserved matters submission sought approval for the layout, scale, landscaping and appearance for 27 dwellings. The dwellings were also proposed to be age restricted and for purchase by over 55’s, which met an identified need within Malmesbury and the local community for high quality ‘Active Elderly’ accommodation.

Illustrative Image Courtesy of GreenSquare

This form of housing, targeted at the over 55 demographic is intended to address the nationally recognised shortfall in appropriate housing for older people. These properties were sensitively designed to become adaptable for the potentially changing needs of the occupants, such as level access and adaptable homes capable of installing internal mobility equipment.

The proposals included an area of accessible open space with solid structure gazebo as the social focal point, with native species wildflower, shrubs, hedges and trees.

Illustrative Image Courtesy of GreenSquare

The proposals also included the removal of an existing property acquired to deliver the access point from the B4042. Further benefits proposed as part of the development included improvements to the public road infrastructure. Improvements were secured via Section 278 agreement for a safe pedestrian crossing route to the eastbound bus stop on the B4042 as well as creating a footpath and cycleway.

The Public Right of Way crossing the site was retained and realigned with landscape treatments not only assisting in legibility through the site, but complimenting the materials in the local area. The site forms a continuation of Burton Hill’s character and appearance as a semi-rural settlement.

It is hoped that the benefits of the scheme will not only deliver a high-quality environment for the new residents over the long term, but improvements for the local community and important contribution to Wiltshire Council’s current shortage of housing land supply.

IPS were delighted to have achieved a positive outcome for the client and look forward to seeing the construction commence.