Our ‘Bramley Hill’ scheme in South Croydon given go ahead
Our scheme at Bramley Hill in South Croydon was given the green light at planning committee yesterday. Designed by our own architectural practice Common Ground Architecture, Bramley Hill will create 58 much needed new homes across seven infill plots on two existing estates in South Croydon.
The homes, of which 50% will be affordable, range from one to three bedrooms across a mix of mews houses and mansion block typologies.
The adopted ‘pattern book’ design approach ensures that the buildings both integrate well with their surroundings and reflect the ‘best bits’ of the local context. Each of the new buildings is designed as a symmetrical paired bay, drawing on references to the Victorian villas in the nearby Waldrons Conservation Area, as well as the 1950s purpose built flat blocks on the estate.
The new and existing buildings are united through areas of new landscaping including a play space, growing gardens and areas to dwell throughout the estates, benefitting both existing and new residents.
Sustainability is central to the scheme with a number of measures incorporated to reduce energy consumption, such as an enhanced building fabric, photovoltaic panels, and air source heat pumps – a renewable heat incentive that avoids the need to connect into the gas network.
These measures form part of our commitment to a new set of One Planet Living principles, to ensure that both our developments and business operations are doing all they can to meet the challenge of the climate emergency.
The One Planet Living principles cover ten commitments, including the use of using sustainable materials in construction, zero waste to landfill, achieving net zero carbon emissions from heating and energy use, and encouraging sustainable forms of transport as well as designing homes to foster health, wellbeing and quality of life.
The scheme received planning permission from Croydon Council’s virtual planning committee last night (Thursday 27 August) – a meeting that was held digitally in response to coronavirus restrictions.