A sustainable community for a riverside landscape
This is a community at the southern edge of Totnes in Devon, situated on the site of a working boatyard adjacent to the River Dart. 95 residences tied together with associated streetscape, food-growing areas and a community orchard make up phase one.
After a thorough public consultation process, the scheme gained planning consent without any objections. To tie into the surrounding landscape, 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.
Each home achieves a minimum of Code for Sustainable Homes 4, with some even achieving Code 5 and 6, and all houses are provided with wiring for photovoltaic panels. Residents have the option to go one step further and install solar panels, upgrading their homes from Code Level 4 to carbon neutral.
We were also appointed landscape architect for the project. To enhance the existing landscape, the species of plant selected brings ecological benefits, as well as aesthetic appeal. To maintain the biodiversity of the site, we introduced 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