Planning application for 88-homes submitted to Cotswold District Council

Siddington Severells Field CGI

Work on an 88-home village neighbourhood could begin next year after a final application was submitted to Cotswold District Council.

The new homes at Severell’s Field in Siddington, near Cirencester, half of which will be affordable, will be built to the most environmentally sound principles possible, said retired architect Nicholas Arbuthnott of South Cerney, whose vision inspired the scheme.

The 68-year-old secured an option on 35-acre site next to Barton Farm and was given outline permission on appeal in June 2017.

The housing development will occupy just 11 acres of the site and the rest will be devoted to woodland, landscaping and a new pond that will act as a wildlife haven.

Mr Arbuthnott has entered into a joint venture partnership with housebuilder Stonewood Partnerships, based at Tormarton, to build the neighbourhood, which will be designed by another arm of the Stonewood Group, Stonewood Design.

He said the homes will be designed to conserve as much energy as possible. “The aim is to make the houses as close to passive as we can in terms of energy use.”

The company will also build a solar farm to feed the electricity into the houses.

“We have designed the site to have as many parking spaces with charging points. We are trying to future proof the development as far as we can.”

Stonewood Design architect Matt Vaudin, said the ethos of the development is not just sustainable buildings.

“You need to get the social side of things right too. If you plonk a load of houses and face them all south so you have got all the best roofs for solar panels, you’ll have cool eco houses but you won’t have created a community,” he said. He has led a team of local specialist consultants including Cirencester based Landscape Architects Portus Whitton.

A footpath and cycleway will link the development to the village via neighbouring Siddington Primary School and the 2,350 homes being built on the neighbouring Bathurst Estate.

Stonewood Chief Operating Officer Ben Lang said: “We are really excited about this scheme and at having the chance to create a neighbourhood that complements such a wonderful setting. It’s another milestone for Stonewood and the fact Nicholas has chosen to work with us is testament to our ability to do creative land deals in order to deliver exceptional housing schemes.”

The reserved matters application for landscaping, appearance, and scale to Cotswold District Council will be considered in the next few months and, if approved, work is set to begin early in 2021.