Comprising a residentially-led mixed-use village extension of 1,300 homes, the overarching design approach for the development focused on a one village concept. Importantly, this vision stemmed from the neighbourhood plan and Tangmere Parish Council’s strong desire that the village extension resulted in a single, integrated community.
After initially helping Countryside become the preferred developer partner with the local authority, Terence O’Rourke was commissioned to provide masterplanning, landscape, heritage and graphic design services. The team also played a central role in the comprehensive public engagement strategy, which included a series of design workshops with Tangmere Parish Council and drop-in events for the local community.
Working collaboratively with Chichester District Council and key stakeholders, the masterplan proposals were shaped by the unique identity of Tangmere village and the adjoining development site. A key aspiration of the masterplan approach was to sensitively incorporate existing features, including the existing green and blue infrastructure, and perhaps most noticeably the unique series of views towards local landmarks such as St Andrew’s church and Chichester Cathedral. Establishing a centrally located village heart was also pivotal. Here, education, community facilities and retail provision will come together to create a vibrant local hub.
A multi-layered and intricate network of green spaces was aligned closely with the built heritage strategy, retaining below ground archaeology in the centrally located ‘Roman Fields’ park and affording a positive setting to the historic village core. Leisure routes will encourage walking, running and cycling through the network of green spaces, designed to maximise biodiversity. Opportunities for play, exercise and food production can be found throughout the village extension, serving all the residents of Tangmere and accommodating all age groups.