Transformation of a derelict brownfield site into a sustainable, mixed-use neighbourhood
The brownfield site at Asheridge Road, Chesham has been vacant and derelict for over ten years. This former employment site has remained unused and with a growing need for new homes in the area has enabled the creation of an exciting opportunity for a high-quality, residential-led, mixed-use neighbourhood to bring vibrancy and breathe new life into the site.
The regeneration is an opportunity to do something different for the 21st century and have a positive impact on the town and its relationship with the wider district of Chesham. The proposals include 160 new homes, 1000 sqm of business enterprise space and landscaped recreational space for people to enjoy and come together.
The community have had a key role in the development of the proposals. We have found widespread support for bringing this derelict land back into use with well-designed contemporary new homes, workspace and open space connected to Co-op Field.
Charles Campion, JTP
JTP facilitated numerous Community Planning Events for the local residents and stakeholders to ensure the community was involved in considering issues and ideas for the new neighbourhood.
– 160 new homes and apartments to contribute towards a wider shortage of new homes in-line with the needs of the local community.
– A variety of house types, including smaller homes and affordable apartments for first-time buyers as well as having options for new residents who want to downsize.
– The integration and regeneration of the site with green links and pedestrian routes through to the neighbouring green parkland called Co-op Field, and the creation of a new public open space.
– Larger buildings act as focal points at the entrances with landscaped squares to create a sense of arrival and a recognisable structure of streets.
– Integral garages and off-street parking will be used where appropriate to minimise the number of cars parked on street.
– Cycle parking for houses will be provided within garages or sheds in private gardens. Apartment blocks will each have a dedicated secure bike store close to the entrance.
– A green corridor connecting the park with the enterprise space and incorporating sustainable urban drainage systems.
– The number of homes with a view overlooking open green space has been maximised so residents have a connnection to nature.
– Design of new palette of red and brown brick to fit with Chesham’s historic character.