Flagship Sustainable Community to be benchmark for future
An application to develop a flagship sustainable community, designed to be a benchmark for future housing schemes, has been submitted to the Southdown’s National Park Authority.
The innovative mixed-use development at Bohunt Manor, Liphook, Hampshire, comprises approximately 140 new homes, including open market family homes and 40% affordable homes, custom build homes for self-builders, live/work units, a rural work-hub to provide flexible space for start-up businesses and SMEs, a village green and integrated open space, a nature reserve, cricket and football pitches, a network of footpaths and cycleways, a medical centre, a farm shop and community allotments.
Clarkebond has been providing a range of pre-planning engineering services on the scheme which incorporates a wide range of sustainable features that push the boundaries of current development practice to achieve the required sustainability targets. HAB, Kevin McCloud’s housing design company which sets out to build sustainably and with respect to local context and biodiversity, has been involved in the self build and live/work units on the development where:
- All dwellings will achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5
- At least 10% of the buildings energy requirements will be met from on-site renewable energy sources (or Allowable Solutions)
- All dwellings will be designed to require very little energy to deliver exemplary internal environmental conditions with high standards of indoor air quality, whilst being warm in winter and cool in summer and with excellent access to daylight and the natural environment.
- Low environmental impact construction materials will be used
- A significant enhancement in biodiversity associated with the land at Bohunt Park will be achieved.
Clarkebond’s services have included drainage strategy and design, foul drainage, flood risk assessments and infrastructure design relating to roads and the medical centre.
The site comprises approximately 22 hectares (54 acres) of land located within the designated South Downs National Park (SDNP) boundary abutting the south-western edge of Liphook. This land has been actively promoted through the Joint Core Strategy (JCS) and Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) processes for sustainable mixed-use development following the site acquisition from the World Wildlife Fund in 2005.
“This has been an inspiring project for us to be involved with,” says Max Thurgood, Clarkebond Director. “We’ve been able to incorporate the latest thinking in sustainable development which includes open water course features, living water foul water treatment plant, reed beds, wetland cells and lots of allotments, setting the scene to create a gateway to the National Park”.
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