The provision of a site-wide green infrastructure strategy will introduce open, landscaped spaces for public access and permeability through the site to the River Frome including the communal ‘yards’, children’s play areas for under 5s and over 5s, a wild flower meadow, wetlands area and a traditional fruit-bearing orchard. These spaces will also open up views of the restored Mill and enhance biodiversity in the Conservation Area using habitat features such as bird-nesting boxes and a bat roost. The new residents will also benefit from private amenity spaces in the form of front and back gardens, roof terraces and balconies, which have been orientated to maximise south west facing aspects. Shared gardens also provide opportunities for ‘grow-your-own’ planting, to truly bring this site back to life.
The Ham Mill site was occupied by Thomas Bond & Sons, a firm of carpet weavers, until 1999 and has been vacant since. Following a rigorous planning process, which was subject to extensive consultation that focused on the heritage of the site, the scheme was approved in April 2017. The project was praised by Stroud District Council as a landmark development which struck the right balance between the retention of historic buildings and the conscious design of the new-build elements, and was seen as a catalyst for the regeneration of other disused sites in the Stroud Industrial Heritage Conservation Area – a linear 13-mile expanse that recognises and protects the collection of early mills in the Stroud Valleys.
|Developer:||Stroud Corporation NV|
|Site size (ha):||2|
|Estimated date of completion:||06/01/2022|
|Schedule of accommodation:||22x 1 bed, 20x 2 bed, 3x 3 bed apartments, 7x 2 bed terrace houses, 48x 3 bed terrace houses|
|Tenure mix:||100% private dwelling|
|Size of typical home:||95|
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