Old Damson Lane, Solihull / Gypsy and Traveller Site

Development name: Old Damson Lane Traveller Site

Location: Solihull

Architect: BM3 Architects

Developer: Roof Top Housing Group

Accommodate type: 11 Gypsy and Traveller pitches

Old Damson Lane Traveller Site is an 11 pitched Traveller site to accommodate static caravans with studio accommodation with associated parking, road layout and open space. The scheme is located on Green Belt Agricultural land owned by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Each plot features two permanent pitches for two caravans, two parking spaces and studio accommodation unit containing a living/bedsit, kitchen, bathroom, storage, and a utility room to provide a contemporary living space for residents.

A key requirement as part of this project was to ensure the scheme was designed in accordance with the Home and Community Agency planning policy for Traveller Sites. All studios at Old Damson Lane Traveller Site have been designed specifically for this project and promote a sustainable solution that is up to date with both national and local planning policies.

The site has adopted a fluid layout, and to do away with the 2m footways on either side of the road and widen the road to 7m, using timber cladding as the external finish, and to make the roof pitch shallower in order to reduce the height, and give the plots a more contemporary feel, distancing itself from traditional Traveller site builds.

The landscape strategy to the project was important to ensure suitable and visual screening between the phases of development. The planting of fast growing tree species, as well as new hedgerow bushes, during an appropriate growing season has allowed for a good amount of growth to provide a buffer zone between the phases.

A range of durable low maintenance materials are being used for this Traveller site scheme. The materials have also been chosen for their sustainable properties, as well as for their complementary colours and textures that have helped create a certain character to this new development.  As mentioned previously, the contemporary studio approach has helped steer away The Old Damson Lane Traveller Site from standard built forms, by providing quality in design through sustainable materials, form and arrangement. Variable material ranges include external finishes such as timber and fibre cement cladding, grey aluminium uPVC doors and windows and rainwater goods.

Page updated: 12/09/2019

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