The development will encourage a sustainable community life by providing homes suitable for people at all stages of life. It will include amenities to encourage social interaction and activities between the residents and the local community and attract visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of Loxley Valley.

The following sustainability measures will be included in the development to support social integration, recreational and leisure activities and promote healthy and active lifestyles:

  • Provide homes suitable for the elderly. The former Hepworth Works offices can be converted into apartments with smaller bungalows to the rear.
  • Community gardens so the residents can grow their own food.
  • Retain and enhance the existing bowling club to include Padel Tennis Courts.
  • Develop areas in front of residential terraces into a community hub containing mixed-use space with room for potential bike hire, café, local producers, artisan markets and workshop units.
  • Events and activities can promote the use of these amenities to attract the wider valley community and visitors to the area.
  • Retained and enhanced woodland areas and blue corridor with footpath improvements.