The illustrative masterplan demonstrates how Berkeley’s proposals could be brought forward to create a unique development that has a true sense of place. The proposals would deliver a high quality place to live through the integration of all the constraints, opportunities and design principles that have been developed through the design process.
The key design principles the masterplan is based upon are:
- Direct link to West Malling Station
- Sensitive landscape treatment through the New Barns and Boradwater Farm Conservation Area
- Maintaining east/west links
- Green buffer to the north
- Built development to the south
- 15 metre buffers to ancient woodland
- Two new ‘village’ clusters
- Central green spaces to provide focal points
- Combined primary and secondary school campus
- Secondary access to Ashton Way (A228)
The masterplan has a wide variety of informal and formal open spaces for residents and the wider community through provision of 38 hectares of open space. The creation of opportunities for recreation will include an extensive network of new high quality pedestrian and cycle routes making travel by foot and bike highly attractive.
The architecture of the homes respects and responds to the traditional local vernacular with a mix of materials including red clay roofs, tile hung facades, white weatherboarding and red stock brick. Black weatherboarding may feature on single storey ancillary buildings such as car barns. The total area comprising of residential development comprises 36 hectares, equating to only 31% of the of the overall application area of 118.5 hectares.
1. Main Access Road
View of proposed main access road, looking south