Trivselhus and their design team recognise that Newport is an historic and characterful village, and that any new development should respect the local environment. The design proposals have been informed by a detailed analysis of the village and of the site, its constraints and opportunities, and also by understanding the resistance which many local people appear to have felt to the currently consented scheme’s design proposed in the past. The design of Frambury Fields aims to be contextual and appropriate for its setting, and to create a sequence of attractive human scaled spaces and character areas, each with its own identity and sense of place. Trivselhus believe that the architectural response whilst of a contemporary style, better reflects the scale, forms, details and materials of the surrounding area than of the previously proposed scheme. Delightful views across the valley are also exploited from the upper reaches of the site to fully embed the new development within the village.
A placemaking approach to the design of the site is proposed, which creates attractive and interesting vistas for people as they move around and through the development, and various colours and materials with differing character are proposed to reinforce the small scaled nature of each of the spaces. Currently several principal character areas are proposed and the colour palette being used has been taken from existing homes in Newport, both old and new:
The sloping access street from London Road, terminating in a pair of 2.5 storey homes at the top of the street. This is the ‘front door’ to the new neighbourhood, and the homes fronting onto London Road are intended to be corner turning units with dual frontages.
A more organic street form is proposed here in response to the countryside edge, again treated as a shared surface street. The best views from the site can be enjoyed here, particularly towards Horseley Wood on the ridgeline across the valley. Many slightly larger homes are located here.
A mews type environment with a shared surface street and a small scale pocket park to encourage communal life and activity for residents, in a high quality landscape setting.
A semi formal public square is proposed, around which are grouped a mix of 2 and 2.5 storey detached and semi-detached homes. A community play space is proposed within the square, providing play space for new and existing residents.
Trivselhus envisage that the new development will not be a new settlement in its own right, but rather a natural and appropriate extension of the existing village, as has happened throughout Newport’s long history. It is hoped that the additional homes provided will help support local businesses and community facilities and be a benefit to Newport. A new small scale local park is proposed at the heart of the new neighbourhood, which will be open to all, and to which local people will be most welcome. Foraging space for badgers which reside off site has been allowed for in the south west area of the masterplan, and the landscape design will promote native species and encourage greater biodiversity than currently exists on the site.
The proposed development is very well served by public transport, being adjacent to the bus routes on London Road, and also close to the train station giving access to Cambridge and London and many places in between. The principal car and pedestrian access point to the proposed development has moved slightly on London Road reflecting early feedback from the people of Newport. An additional pedestrian link to Frambury Lane is also provided to aid connectivity to the existing street network, and encourage existing residents to access the new park and network of spaces created. Parking provision is proposed to align with the standards of Essex County Council, with the majority of parking being allocated for residents to discourage commuter parking during the day.