A planning application has recently been approved for 11No. units on brownfield land in Huntingdon. The site, formally occupied by a gas depot, is located next to the river with views across Portholme Meadow. This site lies within the local conservation area and other constraints include protected trees and the requirement to minimise flood risk.
The proposal follows a linear pattern of development on the river frontage with detached houses facing the meadow. On the northern side of the site, a second tier of development is proposed. These are higher units but less in number and more widely spaced to create an ascending scale against the landscape backdrop.
The layout and detailed design has been conceived to create a contemporary scheme which responds to the unique riverside setting. The houses themselves are designed with a series of irregular timber clad gables which are intended to echo the outline of a series of watermills that historically occupied this stretch of river.