Residential housing
Client: Lovell Partnership Homes
Location: Mildenhall
Status: In development

Aspal Lane, Beck Row

Following Outline Planning consent Saunders Boston Architects (SBA) were appointed to take this 115 dwelling market lead project forward to completion. We have developed the scheme working closely with our client Lovell Partnership Homes (LPH) to meet both their private sale needs and those of their affordable housing partner, Orbit Group.

The site is at the edge of the village Beck Row, (nr. Mildenhall), Suffolk and was vacant. The proposed mixed tenure development is made up of a mix of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom house types, 2 bedroom bungalows and a small number of apartments. 30% of the overall number of dwellings are for affordable tenure.

Private dwellings are a combination of LPH’s Standard National House-types and a few bespoke units, designed by SBA. All Affordable units have been bespoke designed by SBA to Orbit’s brief.

At Lovell Partnership’s request, SBA undertook a significant exercise to establish if the project could be delivered with Modular units. 80% of LPH’s standard house-types lent themselves well to a modular solution (less than 5m wide for transportation purposes) but the remaining units would require significant re-design. Ultimately there were not sufficient cost savings to make this a financially viable option.

SBA has been involved in discussions with the Local Planning Authority and other consultants to create a proposal that responds to the housing need and context whilst integrating the scheme with the existing community. The local area will be enhanced as a result.

Reserved Matters consent was achieved at the first attempt in the summer of 2017. (SBA acted as Planning Consultant as well as Architect).

A Non Material Amendment has also been successfully made subsequently.

The project started on site in the autumn of 2017 and the phased development is due for completion in late 2020.

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“We have been very impressed with Saunders Boston, having worked with them on a variety of housing and care schemes. We find their team’s expertise leads to innovative yet cost-effective design solutions that deliver high-quality homes. Their specialist residential team takes the time to ensure all designs are provided in a timely manner and to a depth of detail that contributes to the smooth running of our projects. In addition, the company’s approachable, friendly ethos means they are a pleasure to work alongside and makes them an integral part of any residential design team”.

Justin Coote (Development Manager) Lovell Partnership Homes (LPH)