Unit 6, 133-137 Newhall Street, Birmingham B3 1SF
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Location: Bexhill
Client: Bovis Homes
Sector: Assess Shape
Scope: Communities

Define were initially approached to devise an urban design and landscape strategy for the site which occupies an important position on undulating countryside on the north eastern edge of Bexhill.  A number of key site assets were identified that informed the vision for the site; these included the distinctive topography, existing ancient woodland, mature hedgerows and tree groupings and the history of the site which is linked to the 1066 Battle of Hastings.  Define worked extensively with Urban Design and Planning Officers from the Local Authority and the local Design Review Panel testing various solutions and options at pre-application stage to reach a preferred Development Framework that meets Local Authority requirements and is deliverable.  The preferred approach led to an Outline Planning Application, submitted in July 2015, for up to 1,050 homes, 7,000m2 of commercial floorspace and a community hub including primary school, community centre and local retail shop.  The scheme is set within a network of multifunctional green infrastructure that utilises and enhances existing site assets and includes a sequence of public opened spaces that provide new ecological habitats, children’s playspace and leisure trails.  Define undertook all site masterplanning, produced a comprehensive Design Guide (that would act as a code for reserved matters applications for both built form and landscape elements) and series of Parameter Plans to support the Outline Planning Application.  We also undertook a full Landscape Visual Impact Assessment which formed part of the submitted Environmental Impact Assessment that was submitted with the application, and used accurate modelling of the development to help shape a scheme that assimilated successfully into the sensitive landscape context, which included the High Weald AONB.

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Design Guidance
Illustrative image courtesy of James Holyoak
Design Guidance
Design Guidance
Illustrative image courtesy of James Holyoak
Design Guidance