The residential element of the proposals will provide much needed new homes for the community. The area of 1.76 hectares (or 13% of the total site area) has capacity for around 40 new homes based on a mix of two, three and four-bedroom houses, albeit the final number of homes and mix of sizes will be informed by further design work as well as updated evidence of housing need and the views of the community.
35% of the homes are to be provided as affordable homes, split between affordable rent and other affordable tenures such as shared ownership or discount market sale. The final tenure split will be based on latest evidence and agreed with the Council. The aspiration is for the affordable homes, or a proportion of them, to be targeted to people with a connection to the local area.
Access to the new homes is proposed to be taken from Coldharbour Lane and will be separate to the Ten Acre Lane access to the public facilities. Walking and cycling connections will be provided between the public and residential area but no vehicle through route is proposed to avoid ‘rat-running’.
A Character Assessment and Heritage Appraisal of Thorpe have been undertaken and these have resulted in a set of design principles that draw on the historic character of the Village and will inform the design of the residential proposals.
High-quality design that recognises and reinforces local distinctiveness through the use of materials traditional to the historic core of Thorpe and its Conservation Area, and incorporates features such as brick walls that contribute to the strong sense of enclosure along local streets, will be fundamental to the success of the development.