Residential Development – Mawnan Smith

CSA Ref:- 2706

CSA were retained by longstanding clients Westcountry Land to design a suitable housing scheme for the edge of Mawnan Smith. The site itself extends to approximately 5 acres and could accommodate a large development, but CSA worked closely with the developers and local stakeholders, including a Neighbourhood Development Committee, to design a scheme that would be in-keeping with the rural character of this village and incorporate additional community benefits. The design process commenced in January 2012, and the Neighbourhood Development Committee recommended parameters for the scheme design, namely that it should be low density, high quality affordable housing led development, arranged around a central village green, communal public open space. In addition, the scheme will provide a new entrance to the village and should also incorporate highway improvements to form the new entrance and a dedicated community car park for the village hall.

The final scheme achieved a total of 42 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. This was recognised by the local planning authority, whose professional officers recommended the application be approved. This recommendation was overturned marginally by the planning committee and has subsequently been pursued by way of planning appeal. CSA are acting as lead consultant, and are involved in the appeal process.