By Kevin Smith
Detailed proposals have been revealed for 400 homes in Fontwell.
Developer Dandara Ltd (Southern) has applied for detailed planning approval for its scheme on land to the east of Fontwell Avenue.
Initial planning permission was granted by the government in July, 2017. Dandara now wants the final set of backing to enable the housing to be built.
The development will also comprise 360sq m of retail space, 152sq m of community space, which will include the retention and refurbishment of the ‘old smithy, and the demolition of the remaining buildings to Arundel Road on nine hectares of development land.
Public open space, a play area, a multi-use games area and allotments will also be included on a further seven hectares.
A statement by Dandara’s planning agent, David Innes, says: “The concept for land at Fontwell Avenue is for the creation of a new neighbourhood that positively responds to site features and successfully integrates with the village.”
The development will comprise a series of five broad character areas to distinguish between the neighbourhoods on the site.
These include a gateway arrival, slopes to Fontwell Avenue, a village and rural edge. The gateway arrival will provide a welcome to visitors ‘defined by a prominent local shop, a grander scale of buildings framing a landscaped avenue, mature trees, green space and improved pedestrian connections’.
The slopes to Fontwell Avenue will have a less formal character than the Gateway Avenue.
“Streets that step down the slopes towards Fontwell Avenue, opening up views of focal trees and Fontwell Racecourse,” it says.
“(The) village character (will be) centrally located on the plateau of land framed by hedges and trees.”
The rural edge will be enclosed ‘rural courtyards’ which respond through scale and form to the existing farm house and barns on Wandleys Lane.
The houses on the site will range in size from one and two-bedroom dwellings for single people, first-time buyers and couples. Three and four-bed houses will also be provided. Their styles will range from terraced to semi-detached and detached houses as well as apartments.