Plans for a Residential Development in Allithwaite approved - HPA

Plans for a Residential Development in Allithwaite approved

The Developer and Architects behind the Award Winning Warton Grange site have secured Planning Permission for a new housing development in Allithwaite, Cumbria. Having won ‘Best Medium Volume New Housing Development in the UK’ at the LABC Building Excellence Awards in 2022, Wilson & Co and HPA Architects have continued their working relationship, resulting in this exciting new scheme.

The partnership between Wilson & Co. Properties and our trusted design team at HPA will offer highly insulated, energy efficient housing, whilst providing benefits to the village and surrounding area with affordable housing and a new footpath link joining the development with the village. After more than a year of planning, outline planning permission was approved despite numerous hurdles along the way with works expected to begin on site later in 2024.

Location: Allithwaite is a small rural community near to Grange-over-Sands, with the popular village of Cartmel to the South and Morecambe Bay to the North. The site for the development was previously a working farm, with the units housing cows and arable land used for sheep grazing.

Historic Maps of Allithwaite

The proposed site layout includes 37 units in total. Made up of 2 terraces which run seamlessly along the natural contours of the Allithwaite landscape. As well as creating an attractive new entrance to the village, the site also has a large open space which can be utilised by the wider community and a new public right of way. The footpath avoids busy roads, benefitting the community by creating safer passageways for pedestrians and providing more sustainable transport routes. The new link between the lower and upper parts of the village provides safe pedestrian access to and from local shops, playgrounds and schools that were previously more difficult to reach for local residents.

Proposed Site Plan

Design: The proposed site has been designed to sit well within the surrounding landscape. The use of barn style house types also references the previous agricultural use of the land. The design includes house types inspired by the local vernacular, incorporating features such as gable fronted porches reminiscent of Barn Hey Farmhouse, a nearby Grade II listed building. Contemporary squared dormer windows are also introduced to provide a modern touch while still remaining the similar to its surroundings. The dwellings are predominantly stone and render clad with slate roofs and use materials that are prevalent in the locality.

There is also a focus on improving biodiversity on the site, with plans for extensive planting that will help to create a wildlife friendly site with a mixture of trees and shrubs.

Streetscape Consideration: The proposed buildings are set back from the roadside, positioned just behind Barn Hey Farmhouse, to maintain the dominance of these existing structures in the streetscape. This design choice respects the visual hierarchy and character of the area.

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