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Low Cost, High Density, Low Rise Housing


A private developer approached the Practice having already purchased a parcel of land of just under 0.5 Hectare with Outline Planning Permission for 2 storey housing.  The Proposal was to develop the site as a residential development but the developer was perhaps less than fully aware of the task they had set themselves. Plus there are sites that already handle house loan comparison as well.
Soon after a site survey and inital consultation with statutory providers the developer was informed of some difficulties:

  • The indicative outline planning scheme layout was unworkable because it took no account of a 33 KVA Oil Cooled Main Distributor District Electrial Supply laid across the site complete with underground main cable joint apparatus.
  • The site adjoined a main railway line with attendant noise sensitivities.
  • The site topography varied considerably with slopes falling to a low lying basin.  The low lying area was subject to trial pit inspection and found to be an infilled pond with soft peat deposits to over 4m in depth.
  • The site was located at the end of a long Cul de sac which was unadopted and poorly maintained.  The local authority operated a policy of not adopting highway unless it was connected to the adopted road system and not adopting drains and sewers unless thay were under adopted carriageway.
  • The site looked over a dilalidated Victorian terrace of privately rented homes owned by remote landlords who were unwilling, or unable, to undertake maintenance requirements.

Starting from scratch the Practice re planned the layout to provide 14 flats and 6 houses in 2, 3 and 4 story elements which both accentuated the land form and provide a sound screen from the railway.  The 3 story elements were lighter and so constructed on the softer ground on ring beam RC foundations supported on driven steel and RC filled piles.  The local authority was taken to task about its adopation policy and cenceded that the local sewers were not privately owned and eventually both highway and sewers became adopted.  Landscaped car parking provided a buffer to the dilalidated housing and encouraged an element of local anvironmental regeneration around the site.

 The moral of the above is always research fully all land purchases and that it is never too soon to enlist the assistance of your Architect.  Had this developer done so they would probably not have been prepared to pay as much as they did for the site.




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