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Master plan for the expansion of an existing village, providing for an expanded village centre, a wide range of residential typologies, sheltered housing, retail and office units, a school and community centre, a child care centre and a new park. Phase 1, comprising 44 houses, is complete

Site area:
8.49 ha (21 acres)

15.4 dwellings/ha 6.2 dwellings/acre)


The master plan evolves from the fabric of the existing village and field pattern to create a sense of place rooted in its context, an organic form that appears to have grown over time

Roads, cycle ways and footpaths follow established lines of laneways and ditches, allowing existing topography to generate the layout

The existing village is reinforced by a new village Square conceived as a lively high-density village centre. Its edges are formed by existing traditional farm buildings to be restored for new retail and accommodation uses

The village green, complete with mature trees, is formalised and has the potential to be used as a farmers’ market at the weekend

A strong axis is formed across the site by a green finger of countryside and river running alongside it

New houses are informal in layout and clustered around shared open areas in the manner of local farmyards. House designs draw upon traditional and contemporary themes

Sustainable and energy efficient house design: superior insulation specification to walls, floors and ceilings achieve ratings 20% higher than building regulations