The proposals for Hartland Village New Community, will see the development of an ex-Ministry of Defence testing site into some 1,500 new homes on the edge of Fleet in Hampshire. As developer on the site, St Edward Homes set the multi-disciplinary team an ambitious vision, which looks to deliver ‘a beautiful environment’ that can become their most sustainable development to date. From the outset therefore our role as landscape designers in the team was to design a proposal that enables this new community to move around, work and relax in a development which fully connects with its unique location.
Protection and enhancement of the existing plantation woodland is carried beyond its limits into the wider site. Key green spaces offer linear parks, a series of public gathering spaces and garden squares, all subtly different in character due to their planting, materials and layout, but all looking to reflect native species and offer a variety of opportunity for the community, young and old, for exercise and relation.
But it is the connected nature of these spaces through green routes and sustainable urban drainage solutions, which roads which really starts to make a difference to this proposal. Working alongside masterplanners and engineers, our landscape designers have also designed proposals for pedestrian and cycle paths which maximise green immersion for residents as they journey to work or school.
Reed beds and channels to manage rainwater run-off are given space and planted to deliver inter-connected wildlife corridors throughout the site, while incorporating materials and approaches which have the lowest whole life cost and greatest opportunity for recycling in the future if required. Biodiversity is also key, so working with ecologists the planting and layouts have been designed to deliver a tapestry of planting and habitats that deliver wildflower grasses, new habitats for butterflies, insect, reptiles and birds.
- 1500 new homes
- Local Village Centre
- Primary School
- Community Centre