This site was formerly owned by De Montfort University and was home to 180 student bedsits. These were demolished in 2009 and the site was earmarked for residential development.
The proposals for the site evolved considerably through the design process, taking into account pre application advice and consultation with the Parish Council, nearby residents and the general public. Various concepts and layouts were explored to maximise to the site’s potential, but considering constraints such as the site's existing access and opportunities including the views and vistas from the site.
The scheme delivers a mix of 40 new houses and flats, including 12 affordable units to help meet the local housing needs for the area. The style of the dwellings was appropriately considered with a variety of dwelling sizes, a mixture of 2 and 3 storey ridge heights and a range of materials reflecting the local character. The houses are provided in a variety of detached, semi-detached and terraced arrangements throughout the site. The apartments are located in one key location, to create a strong feature building to the north west corner.
Each home has been designed to meet the requirements of the Building Regulations Part M to ensure that the development accommodates the needs of all users, including those with disabilities. The scheme conforms to Lifetime Homes standards and the Code for Sustainable Homes level 4. All units will achieve this standard to ensure their longevity and ease of use by all. All the housing has adopted the general sustainable principles encouraged by Milton Keynes Council.