Moreton Park, Moreton-In-Marsh
Moreton Park lies half a mile east of the market square of Moreton-in-Marsh, a quintessentially English town that dates back to Roman times and is built largely from local Cotswold limestone with roofs tiled in slate.
With no new developments in Moreton-in-Marsh’s recent history, CALA’s challenge was to work with the council and the existing community to ensure the architectural character and landscaping of the development was a reflection of its picturesque location. The development was, at first, vehemently opposed, but careful community engagement and detailed consultation led to an optimised site that was welcomed into the area.
The land was purchased from the Fire Service College. It was previously a Second World War airfield, and a comprehensive cleanup operation was undertaken to remove 20 bombs from the site. This included two screening processes involving ordnance and bomb disposal experts who conducted controlled explosions.
An archaeological excavation was carried out, resulting in the discovery of a Middle Palaeolithic unstratified handaxe, that was estimated to be 30,000-50,000 years old. CALA also relocated a colony of great crested newts, and provided bat barns and bird boxes within the development.
With a broad range of property types and sizes as well as a mix of tenures, Moreton Park has been designed and developed to meet the housing needs of the local community. CALA developed 146 homes, ranging from 729 square foot apartments right up to 1966 square foot family houses. Moreton Park’s mix of housing caters for all types of demographic and as such has become a part of the Moreton-in-Marsh community. Woodland areas were used to screen sections of the development from one another and to frame the development from the main access road and the nearby college.
By adopting the local vernacular and crafting the street scene with elevational differences and varied roof pitches across the development, the new homes create a sense of place and character. With time, the locally sourced naturallimestone will weather and the differences between old and new will fade.
Cutting edge design principals have been employed to ensure the security and liveability of the homes on the development. Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 rating has been achieved using efficient appliances, sustainable timber and high levels of insulation.
‘Lifetime Homes’ principles have been employed so that the homes are adaptable to the life stage of the occupants. This involves careful planning to allow for stair lifts, ground level showers and wheelchair access in the event that these are required.
The ‘Secure By Design’ principals adopted include well designed lighting of driveway and surrounding pavement areas, careful planning to allow natural surveillance and of course, secure doors, windows and locks meeting required quality and security standards.
Released in phases over a four year period, CALA have achieved a steady rate of sales at the development. Several purchasers from early phases upgraded to larger homes in later phases – testament to CALA’s excellent customer service and the community that has been formed.
“We were already living in Moreton-in-Marsh and were keen to find a new home within the area. We were looking to purchase a larger property that suited our needs and lifestyle but was close to local amenities.
We cannot give a large enough “thank you” to all the staff involved for their continuous support and professional attitude throughout the entire moving process.
We have been living in our beautiful new home since June and we couldn’t be happier there. We would have no hesitation when recommending CALA Homes to anybody looking to purchase their new dream home.”
- Mr and Mrs R Harris, at Moreton Park