Homes and buildings are mostly arranged in small clusters as is typical of farm buildings and hamlets in the valley, and to discourage the continuation of built form to preserve the openness of the green belt and prevent an urban appearance or sprawl.

  • A cluster will offer a hierarchy of plot sizes; larger homes face the river, smaller homes face the hillside.
  • All properties are visually screened with natural boundaries formed of local hedgerows, plants and trees. Larger properties have 6m deep boundaries, smaller properties have 3m deep boundaries all with planted boundaries.
  • There are no fences to maintain a natural and open visual appearance and to allow local biodiversity to move freely across the site. Instead GPS markets, stakes and ha-ha’s or ditches will be used to delineate plots.
  • Most homes are centred around a village green with a loop road that provides vehicular access to the properties.
  • All properties will have gravel drives and are set in natural grasslands featuring wild planting, with domesticate planting, lawns and hard landscaping kept to a minimum.
  • All properties are set back behind the 40m wide ‘blue corridor’ which protects the setting of the River Loxley.