On behalf of Thakeham, JTP has secured planning approval for Phases 4 and 5 at Pease Pottage near Crawley, West Sussex.
Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the next phases positively respond to their immediate context of woodlands and ponds with a carefully selected material palette designed to integrate the new homes into their parkland setting. The layout of the phases consider how they relate to each other, as well as connecting to the local centre and earlier phases of the wider Pease Pottage masterplan.
Phases 4 and 5 will consist of 277 dwellings in a mix of sizes ranging from 1 and 2 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom homes. The new neighbourhoods seek to establish a permeable network of streets fronted by a mix of housing types which will be broadly distributed in varying tenures and sizes to establish a diverse community.
A hierarchy of streets and spaces is defined by different frontages through contrasting building forms and rhythms with dwellings arranged informally to create visually interesting vistas and strong connections to the surrounding woodland and open green spaces.
The two phases have been designed to have distinct characters with Phase 4 focussed on a large sustainable drainage system (SuDS) pond feature with a crescent of houses and apartments fronting onto it and key frontages to the linear park. It will boast a distinct character inspired by the traditional architecture of West Sussex; including extensive use of red brick and pale coloured boarding, with key buildings picked out in black boarding for emphasis.
Phase 5 is a continuation of the character defined in the earlier Phase 3, but reflects a transition from semi-detached and terraced dwellings fronting the tree-lined boulevard to the more rural northern edge of the phase. The material palette will employ the same red brickwork featured in Phase 3, with varying proportions of grey bricks and projecting brick detailing to highlight key buildings.
A variety of generous open spaces will offer a range of recreational and leisure opportunities, including dedicated children’s play areas, exercise spaces and several parks to encourage outdoor play and activity. Features such as the SuDS ponds, native planting and bird and bat boxes will encourage biodiversity and provide attractive landscapes across different parts of the neighbourhood. An activity trail will meander around both phases, and link into the footpath network within the wider site.
It has been a privilege to develop designs that will deliver much needed new homes, supported by a broad range of facilities which aim to encourage and support the creation of a thriving new community.
Andrew Dobson, Associate at JTP