Key Design Considerations

Public Path and Vehicle Access

  • Vehicular Access for disabled residents and visitors
  • Service access for dustcarts and emergency vehicles
  • Maintain public footpath (Potteries Path) across site

  • No separate pedestrian and cycle path
  • Pushes development to boundaries
  • Divides the site
  • Blind corner to path

  • Vehicular access does not reach end of site
  • Blind corner to path
  • Half the route is shared pedestrian/car
  • Southern car access is not safe

  • Well-lit, south-facing location for path
  • Vehicular and pedestrian access separated
  • Existing path connections maintained
  • Vehicular access provides buffer to Lymington Road
  • Efficient development area

Active Frontages and Front Doors

  • Ensure uses connected with high street activity at street level
  • Ensure that the spaces provided are easy to access, service and use
  • Ensure activity throughout with front doors and front gardens
  • Ensure spaces are well overlooked whilst maintaining neighbours privacy

  • Provides continuous retail frontage to West End Lane
  • Creates traditional street layout
  • Allows for separated vehicle and public paths
  • Potteries Path is not well overlooked
  • Cars dominate centre of site
  • Blocks too close together

  • Provides continuous retail frontage to West End Lane
  • Creates streets to north and south
  • Allows for separated vehicle and public paths
  • Potteries Path is well overlooked
  • Lack of activity to east end of site
  • Blocks too close together

  • Provides continuous retail frontage to West End Lane
  • Creates streets to north and south
  • Allows for separated vehicle and public paths
  • Potteries Path is well overlooked
  • Large south facing central courtyard
  • Private courtyards facing private back gardens

Views and Daylight

  • Ensure good levels on daylight and sunlight with proposal
  • Ensure affect on the neighbouring properties is limited
  • Provide as much views south as possible from Lymington Road

  • Large number of south-facing apartments
  • South-facing courtyard opportunities
  • Lots of overshadowing to Lymington Road
  • Blocking view from Lymington Road

  • Internal overshadowing to low block
  • Internal overshadowing to courtyards
  • Low overshadowing to Lymington Road
  • Blocking views from Lymington Road

  • Allows light to reach low block
  • Allows light to reach courtyards
  • Low overshadowing to Lymington Road
  • Allows views out from Lymington Road

Courtyards and Gardens

  • Ensure all residents have good quality private amenity space, with good aspect and in line with the London Plan size requirements.
  • Provide a mixture of landscaped spaces with new trees and planting to soften the site
  • Maintain and improve the public footpath (Potteries Path) across site
  • Offer as much high quality open space as possible

  • Large gardens to some properties
  • Provides one open courtyard
  • Small proportion of open space
  • Shared vehicle and public paths
  • Pushes development to boundaries
  • Blocks too close together

  • Provides two private courtyards
  • Allows for separated vehicle and public paths
  • Gardens to all street-level apartments
  • Courtyards are gated
  • Blocks too close together

  • Provides three open courtyards
  • Provides one open, south-facing courtyard
  • Allows for separated vehicle and public paths
  • Gardens to all street-level apartments
  • Private courtyards facing private back gardens

Site Layout

Scale and Views

This section explores the potential for different layouts to respond to site constraints and make the most of its opportunities: perimeter blocks, C-shaped slab blocks, wide blocks, and a mixed typology block.

PERIMETER BLOCKS

  • Front door facing out onto street and open spaces
  • Private spaces face inward onto enclosed courtyards
  • Streets and paths are well overlooked
  • Relatively high blocks leave small courtyards in constant shade
  • Internal facing apartments are less than 15 metres apart

WIDE BLOCKS

  • Reduced overshadowing to Lymington Road properties
  • Potteries path and courtyards are well overlooked
  • The site is very permeable
  • The bulk of this option still gives the appearance of a heavy wall
  • No private gardens or lage open space
  • Little activity or overlooking to north access route

C-SHAPED SLAB BLOCKS

  • Reduced overshadowing to Lymington Road properties
  • Private spaces face inward to enclosed courtyards and gardens
  • Large central green open space
  • Internal courtyard spaces in constant shade
  • Views out from Lymington Road are mostly blocked
  • Little activity or overlooking to north access route

MIXED TYPOLOGY BLOCK

  • Reduced overshadowing to Lymington Road properties
  • Maximises central green open space
  • Good distances between blocks
  • Good views out from Lymington Road properties
  • Front doors facing out onto street and open spaces
  • Private side of development backs onto rear of Lymington Road properties
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