Inspired by the Government's Garden Village framework, Orwell Green will be a holistically planned new community with its own unique sense of identity, built to a high-quality design, using cutting edge technology. It will be a mixed-use development, where people will genuinely want to live, work and play. The site will support a range of house types, tenures and sizes. Through a mix of housing, natural green open space and well connected, usable parcels of development with easy access to employment and a high level of local amenities, Orwell Green Garden Village will be a high quality, desirable community which can be enjoyed by all.
Orwell Green will deliver:
- 2,700 new homes - up to 891 of which will be affordable
- A wide range of community facilities including:
- First class educational facilities including one 2FE primary school and early years facility and one 1FE primary school with room for future expansion to a 2FE school.
- Neighbourhood centre including a community hall, doctors surgery, pharmacy and flexible space for a market square which will be the central ‘heart’ to the village;
- Flexible buildings that adapt to the needs of the user which could include local shops, cafe & restaurant space and local work space;
- A range of Sports pitches including tennis, football & cricket. There will also be a pavilion and local sports club house;
- Large expanses of open space throughout the village including a Heath/Parkland area, village green, and allotments and community orchard.
- Children’s play facilities throughout the development.
The key concepts for the Garden Village are to:
- Locate development within a strong network of green infrastructure, complementing the existing tree and hedgerow planting (including the Lyme & Beech Avenues) with new areas of formal and informal open space and landscape features. This will also include a large community parkland, to be provided in perpetuity;
- Deliver a wide range of high quality mixed-tenure homes and housing types (including homes for Open Market sale, affordable housing and housing for private rent). In accordance with local policy a third of the onsite housing would be affordable, helping to address the affordability issues affecting the local housing market area;
- A built form and density that varies across the site, allowing an appropriate transition from urban to a rural setting, at the edge of the newly formed settlement;
- Deliver high quality community facilities on site as well as local employment opportunities for local residents;
- Deliver long-term, significant ecological benefits by not only retaining existing features, but enhancing them and providing entirely new areas which will encourage the increase and variety of the biodiversity of the area;
- To create a sustainable and suitable access from the A12 via a new roundabout. Preliminary informal discussions with the Highways Authority have been positive. A roundabout in that location would be helpful in terms of their aspirations to reduce speeds (from the current 70mph to 40/50mph) and allow for better distribution of traffic;
- Create a strong vision, leadership and community engagement in partnership with key stakeholders; and
- To potentially provide community ownership of land and long term stewardship of assets.