Our project in Marsh Gibbon near Bicester within Aylesbury Vale, features:
- an Almshouse type terrace for downsizers and starter homes
- two blocks of quarter homes that appear like farmhouses, configured internally as 4 x one and two bedroom apartments
- a planned pocket orchard
- space to grow food with gardens of manageable size for those downsizing
- further open green space within the development for homeowners to enjoy, without the need to maintain themselves
- enhanced biodiversity of the land’s current status through the planting and protecting of an orchard, other native species of trees and hedgerows
Can the cottage typology become a way of adding on to villages in a way that isn’t the developer method of taking a field, putting roads on it and cramming houses on?
Continue reading “What defines a cottage?”
The rural population has increased by 800,000 over the past ten years. Government forecasts predict that that the rural population will grow by 16% by 2028 compared to 9% in urban areas.
Continue reading “Identifying the problem – the evidence is clear”
More homes are needed just to maintain the existing rural population in villages as a consequence of the reduction in household size. Yet housebuilding in rural areas has been restricted for many years.
Continue reading “Avoiding the Sustainability Trap and the loss of facilities and services”
Despite the evidence of need, development can attract resistance from existing residents. There are many reasons for this; new housing often means bland housing estates of standardised house designs and with minimum space standards, out of place with the local vernacular and context.
Continue reading “Changing the perception of development”