Lower Stondon

Client: Welbeck Land

  • Urban design

TOR was appointed to develop a sensitive masterplan to secure outline planning permission on this unallocated site at Lower Stondon, Bedfordshire.

This village infill site required a careful approach to its design, forming the new southern gateway and edge to the village. Working closely with the landscape consultant and case officer, the masterplan that was developed aimed to maximise the benefit of the site’s attractive landscape setting. Views both from and to the site were a key consideration and the sensitive layout enabled the landscape structure to seamlessly link to the built form, resulting in an attractive and defensible southern edge to the village.

A strong design rationale, coupled with a positive dialogue with the local authority, helped to secure a planning permission for up to 85 homes on an unallocated site in an authority with an established 5-year housing supply.