LHC designs in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
LHC Architecture Urbanism and Landscape has designed homes in the Devon town of Budleigh Salterton to address the need for affordable housing, while also protecting and enhancing the allotments that were previously on the site.
The number of allotments was increased, from 56 existing plots to 87, which would go on to help the town council reduce its waiting list of those keen to have their own growing space. Better facilities, including locally built sheds and an enhanced water supply, were also integrated into the plans. Half of the existing allotments were retained in their original positions, with new ones being created to the north of the site.
The final scheme drafted by LHC was for 48 detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, 19 of which were designated as affordable and available for rent or shared ownership through Cornerstone. Key features of the overall development included enhanced and increased allotment space including new features such as Devon banks, water points, communal fruit trees and a rainwater harvesting system. The house designs were to be sympathetic to the character of the town and, in particular, its Arts and Crafts heritage.
To make best use of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, many of the open-market homes were sited at the top of the development to offer stunning views over the countryside, including local landmark Peak Hill.
Outline consent for the project was granted by East Devon District Council in June 2011, a little over 18 months after that first letter from the town council to Clinton Devon Estates, and work began on the first homes on the site in the autumn of 2013. Work on the new allotments had been completed by then.
The development is a joint venture by Clinton Devon Estates and Cavanna Homes.