The approach to the Landscape Design for West Green Place reflects a shared aspiration to create an inspiring landscape which responds to the requirements of those who will choose to live in the new development, users of the new community centre and the public who may choose to use the facilities and walk through the new street on their way to Downhills Park.
Proposals outline the demolition of existing buildings and re-provision of two a storey building to accommodate a nursery with associated external amenity play space and community centre.
Provision of 126 new residential units of which 78% would be affordable housing; to be provided in the form of 16 x three bedroom part two/part three storey townhouses; 4 x blocks of flatted accommodation ranging from three to five storeys in height to provide 110 units.
The design sought to create a successful relationship between the two distinct character areas: Downhills Park and the surrounding Victorian terrace housing. The landscape draws on both for inspiration and provides a green street, significant SUDS feature, a small orchard, food growing areas and informal play opportunities, an arrival square and communal square suitable for local events.
The streetscape enables communal activity with sculptural street furniture which also defends pedestrian routes from vehicular areas. Proposals seek to make significant increases to local biodiversity and support the wider improving ecological fabric.