LHC’s mixed-use scheme for new homes and office/studio workspace at Higher Tweed Mill is the third strand of the vision for Dartington Estate which LHC was commissioned to develop. The masterplan includes the regeneration of the employment estate at Webber’s Yard, 63 new homes at Sawmills Field , and a further 30 units at the adjoining Higher Tweed Mill. Detailed planning consent was granted by South Hams District Council for Higher Tweed Mill in May 2016.
Architecture, Landscape, Urban Design & Masterplanning
Mixed Use, Residential
The scheme has a open space at its heart, inspired by the original hamlet of Staple, with attractive green space and variety of boundary walls and hedges. A series of visual gateways have been created and irregular and informal boundaries to plots provided to reinforce an attractive sense of place inspired by local character.
The design of the houses and apartments has been inspired by both the historic and contemporary architecture within Dartington and the surrounding hamlets, drawing upon locally distinctive features and material such as slate roofs, gable ends, slate lean-to porches, natural stonework plinths and stone garden walls, horizontal and vertical timber boarding, and render in natural, white and cob colours.
The houses and apartments also address requirements of modern day family living such as disability access, Lifetime Living, energy efficiency and sustainability.
The mixed-use development will also provide around 508 m² of B1 office/studio floor space in flexible accommodation within a single two-storey employment building in the north east corner of the Higher Tweed Mill site.
The residential development will provide a total of 30 homes including a range of 2 storey house types and apartment over garages, including 5-bed detached, 4-bed detached, 3-bed detached/semi-detached, 2-bed terraced, 2-bed apartments over garages and single storey garages. There will be a mix of open market and affordable housing.
The scheme was developed through a pioneering Collaborative Masterplanning approach with South Hams District Council and the local community, followed by a public consultation on the detailed proposals.