On behalf of our client Inland Homes, JTP is delighted that Broxbourne Council has resolved to grant planning approval for the new phases at Cheshunt Lakeside.
This is the fourth phase to gain approval as part of a wider masterplan and it will act as the gateway and heart of the new mixed-use urban village and play an important role in knitting together the jigsaw of the new community.
Currently a brownfield site with large areas of hardstanding land, the proposals include 425 new homes across a collection of buildings, ranging from four to eight storeys. The new buildings have been designed to provide an inviting entrance to the wider Cheshunt Lakeside project and act as the front door into Cheshunt from the railway station.
Over 50% of homes will be dual aspect and all will have views over public or private open landscaped areas. The new homes will be supported by over 2,500m2 of commercial space, a new bus loop and a public square which will form the key heart of the neighbourhood, drawing people into the site. The ground floor of mixed-uses will provide active frontages to the new street, public square, and Delamare Road to create a lively, animated centre.
The designs of the buildings will share a collective architectural language with detailing adding depth and interest to the façades, particularly at the ground floor level. A series of varying character areas across the neighbourhood will weave together to create a cohesive masterplan.
The continuation of a site-wide linear green route for pedestrian and cycle movement will play a crucial part in forming a well-connected, walkable neighbourhood with easy access to public transport, local amenities, and the Lee Valley Park, with seating and play opportunities along the way. Landscape proposals also include biodiverse planting and sustainable drainage features such as rain gardens to manage surface water run-off.
Extensive green roofs are proposed across the site and have been designed to enhance the ecological value of the neighbourhood to contribute to the overall biodiversity of the site. Roof settings will be covered with wildflower mats, consisting of a species-rich seed mix for biodiversity enrichment. The inclusion of a variety of bird and bat boxes and bug hotels will also add an additional layer of diversity and opportunities for wildlife.
Resident parking is provided in a centralised multi-level car park to minimise the impact on the public realm and encourage residents to walk, cycle and use the adjacent bus and train services.
Once Cheshunt Lakeside is fully completed – which will be the result of multiple planning applications – it is due to feature over 1,700 new homes.
Cheshunt Lakeside will offer huge levels of investment and potential in the local area whilst transforming redundant land into a thriving residential-led, mixed-use community. The new homes and supporting neighbourhood centre will establish a new lease of life and activity for residents, whilst also reclaiming the area for the revival of wildlife and nature.
Ian Fenn, Partner at JTP