The Lakes at Curborough

Building upon outline approval for up to 750 homes, a mixed-use centre, a school, a retirement village, a community hall and recreational facilities, our team assisted IM Land in further land promotion and reserved matters for the new community at The Lakes at Curborough just north of Lichfield.

Project Details

  • 43 hectares
  • 750 Dwellings
  • Mixed use centre (including Curborough Craft Centre and Farm Shop)
  • Primary school (1 form entry with room for expansion)
  • Retirement living (up to 200 units)
  • Community hall
  • Multi use games areas
  • Extensive public open space and recreational areas
  • Community garden
  • Retained and enhanced fishing lakes

Design Director, Luke Hillson led the design team on the creation of a Design Brief for the development. The Design Brief was created to ensure that the design principles underlying the masterplan would be continued through to detailed design stage, giving both the developers and local planning authority the surety of what is required and assists in creating a well designed high quality responsive development.

Our multi-disciplinary team of Masterplanners, Urban Designers, Planners, Landscape Architect, Heritage and Landscape Planners worked together to create a high quality document and supporting proposals to create a new flagship development just north of Lichfield.

Working with the local planning authority, the document was developed over a number of months to ensure that every possible design aspect was given due consideration. Public engagement ran alongside the design development to ensure that the proposals were informed by the local context and knowledge.

The resultant proposals are highly successful and will help to shape a new vibrant community on the edge of Lichfield. The highly responsive development will be contextually appropriate with an extensive movement network linking into the surrounding routes aiding accessibility and building upon health and well-being best practice principles. Key buildings and nodal points will aid legibility and way-finding, making the development intuitively navigable. The mixed-use local centre and other local facilities, combined with sustainable transport options will result in a highly attractive and highly sustainable new development.