Residential Development – Porthleven

CSA Ref:- 2658

CSA were employed by a private landowner, with a substantial landholding, surrounding the well know fishing village of Porthleven on the south Cornish Coast. Historically, this landowner had worked with developers and given them control of their sites and each time was disappointed with the end-product. This time, approached by the local council to bring more land forward for development, they seized the opportunity to produce a unique, high quality scheme, more as a legacy and a model for future development and engaged CSA to design a scheme accordingly. Our brief was to achieve a good density development, with a mix of affordable and open market housing, using the cross-subsidy policy. But, for this scheme, the landowner wanted the design to be of its time and relevant to the location, using local materials to create a high quality scheme that we can all be proud of.

The final scheme achieved a total of 66 dwellings, with a mixture of open market homes and affordable housing, which is tenure blind. All of the houses share a palette of materials, including locally distinctive natural stone walling and natural slate roofs and a vernacular design approach was used, based on the historic parts of the village, rather than the immediately neighbouring more modern housing. The site forms the new gateway to the village in a sensitive landscape setting (AONB) and so this was a design led scheme, to ensure an appropriate development. One of the key aspects of the scheme design was the inclusion of modern “Almshouses” forming the entrance to the site. This was recognised by the local planning authority and the scheme secured planning permission by committee, at the first attempt. The development is currently on-site, being constructed and due for completion in Summer 2016.