The Farmhouse Triangle,
The Farmhouse Triangle at Hunts Grove has planning consent for 128 homes. A second application has just been lodged with Stroud District Council for an Extension to the Triangle site for a further 76 homes and additional facilities for the community.
The ‘Extension’ is an integral part of the Farmhouse Triangle site but comprises features, which add to the original consent, to complete the Triangle development and introduce a heart to Hunts Grove. The overall concept of the Farmhouse Triangle’s design brief has been faithfully followed in the design of the Extension. Everyone living in the parishes of Hunts Grove and Haresfield should see benefits from the additional facilities and a more thoughtful approach to design and layout than is usually the case with modern development.
The principles of vernacular, tradition and village-scale adopted for the original Triangle application by the renowned architectural practice, John Simpson Architects, continue into the Extension. The result will be a focal point and axis for the community, adjoining the proposed Community Hall and playing fields. Within walking distance for most of Hunts Grove, the Triangle with its Extension will offer streets scenes and squares with buildings for local businesses and shops woven into the provision of homes of varying sizes, very much in the tradition of English villages.
The community elements of the design are distinguished by green squares and other features typical of a village centre, giving this part of Hunts Grove a recognisable identity and purpose. Close by, there will be two areas of allotments, one in its original location and one just south of the M5.
The Extension adds considerably to the range of social, economic and environmental benefits established by the original application for the Triangle.
Providing different housing types but of similar high quality architecture is an important step to encouraging people at differing stages of their lives to move to Hunts Grove, contributing to the diverse nature of the population and its social mix.
30% of the homes proposed will be ‘affordable’, helping Hunts Grove to provide for people of different income levels.
Space for self-build homes has been incorporated into the scheme to give people the opportunity to shape their own living spaces but consistent with the overall high standard of architecture.
By remodelling the farmhouse for community use rather than demolishing it, a building that contributes to the character of Hunts Grove will be retained. The building will offer small-scale, local office space to residents who prefer to work near home rather than from home. The building could incorporate a coffee shop.
As a whole the ‘Triangle’ becomes a mixed-use neighbourhood offering a small range of shops for every-day needs within walking distance.
New allotment spaces at two sites with walking and cycle access and improved facilities including raised beds and groundsman’s store will be on offer to Hunts Grove and Haresfield residents.
A technical explanation of why planning permission should be granted
An explanation of the design rational for the proposal
Public Exhibition for the Farmhouse Triangle Extension development proposals