The over-arching vision for The Elms was to create an attractive, high quality proposal that respects entirely the history of the site. Set within the former grounds of a 19th Century Grade II Listed house, the starting point for the proposal was a celebration of the informal parkland associated with the grounds in a way that could be enjoyed, not just by future residents of the site, but by all. Designed in the right way, use of part of the site for an extra care development allows the potential for future residents to benefit from the inherent therapeutic and well-being virtues of living next to attractive arboretum trees and open space whilst being within close proximity of a nearby historic town centre. The existing mature tree groupings on the site and on its boundaries are characteristic site assets that the development had to strike a dialogue with. Key views and desire lines provided cues to the arrangement and disposition of built form that can frame the main assets and celebrate the important history of the site. Proposals were conceived as development ‘within’ the historic parkland grounds, rather than ‘replacing’ it.