CDC was approached in October 2013 to participate in an invited design competition for the residential development of land in a Cambridge village.
The land was partially occupied by a dilapidated barn and several cottages and other farm structures. It was constrained by various local planning policies, including a protected village amenity area across much of the site.
Following detailed analysis of applicable planning policy and local densities, CDC suggested the provision of eight new dwellings of different types, providing a mix of private and social housing. This included the conversion of the barn and retention of the identified amenity area.
Architecturally, the proposals offered opportunities for new houses that could maintain the scale, character and arrangement of the village, providing private gardens and shared courtyards for landscape and parking. The existing barn formed the archetype for the new buildings, suggesting steeply pitched roofs and character brick boundary walls. The design proposed dwellings of good quality, size and amenity that related closely to the character of the area and which could provide an attractive and sustainable place to live