Community Infrastructure

strategy for North

Uttlesford Garden Community

Bidwells was instructed by our client Grosvenor to prepare a community infrastructure strategy to inform the master planning of a 5,000 new home garden community in North Essex. The strategy included for the provision of schools, health facilities, public open space, sports, children’s and youth play areas and other community buildings.

 What we did

 

  • Reviewed current policy and guidance on community infrastructure provision appropriate to a new settlement of 5,000 dwellings

  • Assessed community infrastructure requirements for the residents of North Uttlesford Garden Community using local standards where appropriate. This was based on our own housing and population trajectory, developed to reflect local circumstances

  • Assessed the needs of the surrounding areas and the potential for NUGC to deliver some of these facility deficits

  • Design criteria and standards were researched to inform the master planning process

Result

 

  • A strategy that delivers a broad range of community infrastructure necessary to create a vibrant and sustainable community
  • Influenced the master planning process to include facilities and services for the community at the heart of their local centres, delivering services as well as providing opportunity for community building and employment
  • Supported the local authority in progressing the North Uttlesford Garden Community site allocation through the local plan process

 

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