Choice Hill, Over Norton

Disciplines involved:

EDP’s multi-disciplinary team was engaged to design a scheme to deliver a variety of housing types and tenures – including a significant number of affordable homes – to help support the ongoing vitality of a small Oxfordshire village, lying within the Cotswolds AONB. The Choice Hill Road site would contribute to West Oxfordshire District Council’s housing land supply and the Government’s objective of boosting the supply of housing.

 

The over-arching vision was to deliver an attractive cluster of new homes, greenery and publicly accessible green space – enclosed by dry stone walls – at the edge of the village, and to improve the visual amenity of the existing settlement edge. Thorough and extensive evaluations (landscape and visual, heritage, ecology, arboriculture) led to a deep appreciation of the site’s immediate character and its environmental credentials. EDP’s Illustrative Masterplan – and associated design strategies – were shaped by this comprehensive understanding.

 

The proposals would:

  • Deliver up to 18 high-quality and inclusive homes of mixed tenure, including nine affordable units;
  • Make a positive contribution to the natural beauty and enjoyment of the Cotswolds landscape by enhancing the local landscape and the setting of the settlement;
  • Respect the village character and local distinctiveness and form a logical complement to the existing scale and pattern of Over Norton;
  • Help to maintain the vitality of the community;
  • Create and strengthen local landscape elements such as stone walls, trees and woodland; and
  • Deliver a high quality public realm including significant areas of new public open space.

 

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