A sustainable community and landscape
This is a sustainable community at the southern edge of Totnes in Devon. It is on the site of a working boatyard adjacent to the River Dart. Phase 1 consists of 95 residences with associated streetscape, food-growing areas and a community orchard. The homes achive a minimum of Code for Sustainable Homes 4 with some achieving Code 5 and 6. All houses are provided with wiring for photovoltaic panels.
The scheme went through a thorough public consultation process which helped it gain planning consent without any objections. The street layout has been designed to mimic the winding streets of Totnes’ medieval core. Every house has been positioned and designed to have a south-facing roof, which will allow residents to install solar panels to upgrade their homes from Code Level 4 to carbon neutral.
Stride Treglown was also appointed as landscape architect for the project. The planting enhances existing landscape with species chosen for ecological benefit as well as their appearance. We maintained the existing biodiversity of the site with new habitats for slow worms, birds and bats. This includes new woodland, woodland edge, wetland and grassland planting .A circular walk incorporates key viewpoints for the enjoyment of visitors and residents and informal play areas relate to the hillside, fields, wetland and woodland.
Stride Treglown Landscape have been commissioned by TQ9 to develop proposals for detailed planning application in this prime riverside location.
The Landscape Design Aims are:
• To ensure the highest standards of design and sustainability
• To enhance local landscape character and the Totnes vernacular
• To create a quality, bespoke, contemporary and non-suburban landscape, informed by the site and its context
• To create a pedestrian friendly environment with space for play, wildlife, food growing and community use
• To contribute towards the achievement of Code for Sustainable Homes Codes 4/5/6
• To design a low maintenance scheme appropriate for the proposed management and maintenance regimes