Foxhill Masterplan
Curo Group
Planning authority
Bath and North East Somerset

A masterplan of the former MoD site and the redevelopment of Foxhill estate within the village of Combe Down on the southern fringes of Bath. HTA were commissioned by Curo in 2013 to develop an overall vision masterplan for the vacated site, leading into the submission of an Outline Planning application for up to 700 homes, a primary school and community hub, arts pavilion, retail spaces and generous open spaces. Following a unanimous vote to consent the Outline proposals at committee in February 2015, HTA began work on the detailed proposals for Phase 1 with a Reserved Matters application submitted in May 2015.

Working closely with the Council, the HCA and the local community in a series of design workshops and public exhibitions we are developing a series of masterplan options connecting the Estate to the new development on Mulberry Park and the wider road network and open space to the north.

Dwellings are disguised to establish a new model for greater density in suburban developments, adapting the qualities of traditional housing so prevalent in the city of Bath, to meet the needs of contemporary family living.

65% of the new homes will be family houses and 35% apartments accommodated in small blocks, with 30% of the homes being affordable. Different tenancies are indistinguishable and distributed throughout the scheme.

In addition to the central park, a Woodland Walk along the northern edge of Mulberry Park provides informal and natural open space.

Smaller local green spaces are distributed along the key routes throughout the neighbourhoods providing natural doorstep play for younger children and informal places for neighbours to meet. A new sloping green space acts as a visible connection from the redeveloped Foxhill to Springfield Park to the north of the estate, which is a landscape asset with views looking back to the City centre which had previously been difficult to access. Phase 1 on Mulberry Park provides active frontage the currently overlooked Backstones open Space.

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