Locking Parklands EbD
In 2006 we were commissioned to prepare a masterplan for the former RAF Locking site on the edge of Weston-super-Mare. The starting point for our involvement was to organise, lead and facilitate an Enquiry-by-Design (EbD) event at The Winter Gardens, engaging a local community which was strongly opposed to any form of residential development on the site.
Our approach demonstrated how mixed-use development would maintain the historic role and character of the RAF base, would bring social and environmental benefits to existing residents, would attract higher quality businesses to the area, and would create a more sustainable community for Weston. At the end of the event there was agreement to an integrated, mixed-use community with up to 1,800 homes as well as jobs, schools, leisure and community facilities.
Following the EbD we worked closely with GVA, and with the preferred developers St. Modwen to test the commercial deliverability of the masterplan. Viability appraisals were undertaken to test the masterplan and changes were made to reflect latest market advice and enhance the flexibility of proposed plot sizes.
Our work informed the North Somerset Core Strategy which has identified this area (Parklands Village) for major growth. Outline planning permission has been granted for 1,450 homes, 2,200 jobs, schools, shops and community facilities and the first phases of the development comprising 250 homes and office space is already underway.
The masterplan has evolved but the EbD principles are still reflected in the proposals which received planning permission. We are now working with adjoining landowners to prepare joint design codes for the whole of the Parklands Village development.