Taylor Wimpey are carrying out a public consultation on their new development to the East of Sun Lane, asking Alresford residents for responses on 5 key questions
Here are New Leaf’s suggestions for a development which supports low carbon living and enhances biodiversity:
Q: What features would you like to see included within the parkland? Please consider elements such as outdoor gyms, public art, allotments etc
- Community orchard and growing area
- Meadow areas
- Footpaths and cycle routes
- More trees
- Mixed hedgerows and wildlife haven
- Natural burial site
- Community composting area
Q: The homes are more traditional in design rather than contemporary, with the use of red brick, flint and boarding finishes. What are your thoughts on this?
We support designs which are in keeping with the area but the houses should be sustainable, accommodate wildlife, encourage biodiversity and have a low carbon footprint
- Use materials for most effective insulation
- Orientate buildings to maximize use of natural daylight, passive solar heating and solar panels.
- Use swift and bat bricks
- Reclaim rainwater from guttering to capture tanks
- Prioritise water conservation in final design, to minimise impact on local chalkstreams
- Consider carbon footprint of materials and keep waste to a minimum
Do you agree with the phasing of the development?
Taylor Wimpey to consult with local wildlife groups as soon as possible to minimize impact during the construction phase
Is there anything else you don’t feel has been considered?
- Houses should be built to the 2025 Future Homes Standard
- Alresford Meadows should be a ‘gas free’ development – a ban will come into law before completion of the development so plan to this standard from the outset
- Install a geothermal heat pump under the parkland area for community energy
- Plan for EV charging points particularly where there is on street parking
- Install hedgehog friendly fencing between properties to accommodate a wildlife corridor
- Design non-residential property to meet BREEAM Excellent standard
- Short car journeys should be discouraged; encourage walking and cycling across the development and into New Alresford, and offer access to public transport
Please give us an overall view of the proposals for the site:
- The design should promote low carbon living and enhance biodiversity
- Minimise impact on existing residential roads, air quality and town car parking by restricting access between Sun Lane and the development to pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooter users