Oakley Vale Masterplan, Corby, Northants
Dar led the design of the concept masterplan for a residential scheme at Oakley Vale in Corby, Northamptonshire. The design formed the basis for an outline planning application for up to 530 dwellings on this sensitive and complicated site of 32 hectares. Dar worked alongside a wider multi-disciplinary team to ensure that all pertinent design issues were considered and embedded within the emerging masterplan from the outset.
Key design issues included a small scale but complicated topography, risk of flooding, integration with existing residential areas to the north and east and open and historic landscapes to the south and west.
The masterplan provided a series of clear character areas moving from more urban and higher density development in the north towards a lower density sensitive rural interface to the south that provides a new defensible southern urban edge for this part of Corby.
The masterplan also included a new primary school and the potential conversion of an historic farmstead as the basis for new local centre uses.
A great deal of care was taken to identify landscape and ecological issues and ensure these were reflected in the masterplan. This resulted in a proposed new wildlife reserve of over 2ha to accommodate relocated great crested newts and other fauna including bats, badgers and reptiles. About a third of the site was allocated for open space including new east-west and north-south linear parks.
A Design and Access Statement was accompanied by clear urban design codes and principles.