Creating an integrated village with an attractive centre
From very early on, residents said that, even though we may get expansion, the residents wanted to retain South Marston as an integrated rural village. Housing design should be typical of a village, not an urban estate and new and existing residents should benefit from shared facilities that are fit for purpose for the expanded South Marston.
The field behind Bell Gardens will be joined up with the existing Recreation Ground. This will provide sufficient land to create an attractive Village Centre with facilities for all residents.
The relevant neighbourhood plan policies are:
- NP1 - Proposals must deliver an integrated village based around a new village centre (page 17)
- NP2 – Developers must adhere to a design code that is consistent with a rural village environment (page 18)
- NP3 – Creates a village central area with recreational space, primary school and new village hall, which is served by vehicle, cycle and pedestrian routes that aim to minimise traffic at Pound Corner and Old Vicarage Lane (page 20)
The policies are reproduced below The full text and policies can be viewed here.
NP POLICY 1 – INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT Development at South Marston Village will deliver a coherent village structure based around a central village area with strong connectivity achieved through its network of streets, cycleways and footpaths. All developments will be built to a common set of design principles as outlined in the Local Plan and expanded upon in this Neighbourhood Plan.
NP POLICY 2 – DESIGN New developments should be planned to reflect the Policies in this Plan and as set out in the Design Principles at Annex 3
NP POLICY 3 – VILLAGE CENTRE The field to the south west of the current recreation ground as shown on Plan 4 will be designated as public open space. This, together with the existing Recreation Ground and school will provide an attractive ‘Village Centre’ for the recreation, education and enjoyment of village residents. It will be environmentally attractive with community facilities to include the following:
- a new village hall and car parking
- community sports pitches and a new sports pavilion
- a tarmac surfaced Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA)
- additional open space for informal play and outdoor recreational facilities suitable for all age groups and physical abilities
- a retail outlet at or adjacent to the new village hall to meet day to day retail needs
- landscaped areas and views out, particularly towards the Downs and Church to
- encourage walking and general leisure uses.
The location and layout of the Village Centre will encourage access on foot/by cycle and minimise traffic on Old Vicarage Lane.
The area should be transferred to Parish Council ownership to manage and maintain as an attractive location for the benefit of all village residents.