Isles Quarry West
Client: Crest Nicholson Eastern
Completion Date: In Construction
Detailed planning application for 177 houses and apartments to Isles Quarry, Borough Green, Kent for Crest Nicholson Eastern.
Crest Nicholson commissioned Grafik to head a team of engineers, ecologist and landscape architects to design a scheme on the area known as Isles Quarry West.
The site had considerable level changes due to its quarry status and needed very careful treatment in order to achieve a sympathetic design solution. The main development area had scope for up to 200 dwellings in the LA allocation and the upper part of the site has SNCI status and the entire area ANOB status.
Any scheme would need to integrate into this unique setting and relate back to both the character of Borough Green and the architectural style of rural Kent.
Main access is taken from Haul Road with a small number of dwellings served from Quarry Hill roundabout to minimise traffic impact on Borough Green.
Dwellings are orientated to take advantage of views over the landscaped POS and SNCI, as well as distant Countryside vistas.
The majority of dwellings are traditional 2 and 2.5 storey houses designed to suit specific locations within the scheme and accessed via a hierarchy of shared surface lanes, home zones, courtyards and squares.
There are points of pedestrian linkage into the formal LEAP and beyond into the newly landscaped public park bordered by the extensive woodland of the SNCI.
On key vistas and set against the greater level changes are some 3 and 4 storey built forms, mainly apartments, ensuring variation in roof scape and visual interest.
There is a range of unit types and sizes from 1 and 2 bed apartments and coach houses, 2/3 bed two storey houses, split level houses and 3 / 4 bed detached and townhouses.
Tenure is split between 106 private market dwellings and 71 affordable homes (40%) in rent, shared ownership and shared equity format.
Parking is accommodated between dwellings or in parking courts, utilizing car barns and below coach houses in a discreet manner to minimise visual impact on the scheme and location.
The scheme has been approved and is now under construction.
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