All of the houses have generously proportioned private amenity space in the form of a combination of front gardens, rear gardens, balconies and patios depending on their location within the scheme. Every balcony has enough space for a table, chairs and plants.

The arrangement of the buildings naturally creates space for a central communal courtyard, whilst this has been utilised to provide residents parking, care has been taken to ensure that this space also provides amenity and a pleasant outlook. The area has been designed using the ‘Homezone’ principals, paving materials have been selected to indicate that the area is for pedestrians as well as vehicles and the edges softened by the introduction of planting wedges. A small seating area set will also be provided.

An informal link path will be created that meanders through the parkland to the north and west of the buildings to allow exploration and encourage exercise. The existing green perimeter to the site containing many mature trees was retained and enhanced as part of the proposals. There will also be level links to the Village Green meandering path at the top of the green, for west block houses and middle of the green to houses forming the east block.

Residents will also have full access to all of the amenities provided at The ExtraCare Charitable Trust’s Bournville Gardens, Phase I of the College Green project. This includes a restaurant, fitness suite, shop and library amongst other facilities.

Planning History

An outline planning application for the site was approved in 2008 for a residential development of 99no. houses. The Bournville Village Trust superseded this with a new outline application in January 2012 for the development of a care village consisting of a 208unit extra care facility; a dementia care home; an independent living scheme and a Health and Well Being Centre along with a new village green. Planning permission was granted in April 2012.

A detailed planning application was submitted in June 2014 for a 35 unit independent living scheme, with planning permission granted in August 2014. This scheme was not progressed beyond this point and subsequently Stride Treglown developed a 16 unit over-55s scheme on the site for The ExtraCare Charitable Trust. A detailed planning application was submitted in March 2016 with planning permission granted in June 2016.

Project Team

Architect: Stride Treglown
Developer: The ExtraCare Charitable Trust
Planning Authority: Birmingham

Development Data

Site size (ha):0.6
Estimated date of completion:15/05/2017
Schedule of accommodation:8 x 2 bed houses; 8 x 3 bed houses
Tenure mix:100% Private
Size of typical home:91m2
Parking spaces:28

*All information published is as provided by the awards applicant

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