The proposal at Courland Grove is to replace an area of car park hardstanding, with 10 high quality new homes consisting of 2no. 1-bedroom, 4no. 2-bedroom and 4no. 3-bedroom maisonettes and apartments.
The key design principles which underpin the proposal for the site are: Respect the existing church setting, Improve the street experience and Optimising outlook and privacy for new residents.
The new development provides maisonettes and entrances at ground floor creating a continuous frontage of natural surveillance and street activity that will foster a sense of security and safety for pedestrians. The form and scale has been rigorously tested and the outcome ensures the scheme is sensitive to the church setting whilst also enhancing the relationship between the cluster of heritage assets. Private outdoor amenity space have been carefully designed to maximise both privacy and enjoyment for new residents with balconies or gardens meeting or exceeding the minimum policy requirements.
The appearance has been carefully controlled, with a limited palette of materials that reference the Larkhall Park Conservation Area. The detail of the elevation layers contemporary features including folded metal balcony fascias, splayed white concrete window surrounds and articulated white concrete lintels at ground floor.
In summary, the scheme maximises the park fronting aspect with high quality accommodation whilst being respectful to the local heritage setting. The activation along the street will bring a vibrancy to the area and a sense of safety that will create a better place for new and existing residents to live.