Thank you for visiting our virtual consultation for Countryside Properties’ proposals for new homes at Drakelow Park, Burton-upon-Trent.
Due to the current Government guidelines surrounding Coronavirus, we are not holding face-to-face consultation meetings, but adapting to digital formats. To ensure this development meets the needs of local residents and businesses, it is vital for us to hear your views. You can do all this here, via our interactive virtual exhibition.
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Countryside Properties is bringing forward plans for the development of land at the former Drakelow Power Stations with c.1,000 new homes.
These proposals form part of a wider plan to deliver a maximum of 2,239 homes as part of multi-phase development, alongside investment in infrastructure and amenities to create a new neighbourhood, helping to meet local housing demand. Our plans include a new local centre, primary school, commercial floor space and public open space.
After extensive pre-application discussions held with South Derbyshire District Council, we are asking the local community and stakeholders to put forward their thoughts and ideas on our plans, to help shape our proposals before we submit our planning application.
The plans look to provide much-needed housing for this area of South Derbyshire. We aim to create a high-quality scheme, which provided a healthy, safe and attractive place for people to live and work.
Our vision is to create a scheme that provides high-quality new homes, attractive and flexible business space and appropriate local amenity for residents, which is in-keeping, and respectful of, local distinctiveness and character.
History of the site
Drakelow Park is at the site of the former Drakelow Power Stations (A and B), is one of the largest brownfield site development opportunities in the East Midlands. The application site is located immediately south west of Burton upon Trent, East Staffordshire. The site itself is situated in South Derbyshire.
The 80-hectare Drakelow Park site now comprises a mixture of uses including:
- derelict land formerly used for power generation;
- agricultural land;
- buildings and structures formerly associated with Drakelow Hall (all grade II listed); and
- 193 New Homes completed by David Wilson Homes.
This next phase of development will see us create c.1,000 new homes as part of a wider plan to deliver over 2,000 new homes in subsequent phases, alongside investment in infrastructure and amenities to create a new neighbourhood, helping to meet local housing demand.
The proposals will create a scheme which provides high quality new homes, attractive and flexible business space and appropriate local amenity for residents, which exists in harmony with the natural and historical assets and is respectful of local character.
Countryside will deliver the development in a number of phases over the course of the next 10 years, working with the resident businesses currently located at the north of Drakelow Park to ensure their continued operation throughout the early stages of development.
Subject to planning permission, the first phase of the development will comprise approximately 1,000 homes, of which 400 will be affordable housing through Countryside’s partner registered provider, Midland Heart, 200 will be available for private rent with approximately 400 homes for sale through a range of buying initiatives.
- Approximately 1,000 new homes in phase 1
- Associated landscaping and public open space
- Associated highways and drainage infrastructure
- Employment land
- Local centre
- Primary school
- Retirement village
Alongside the substantial provision of housing, around 2.5ha of the site has been ear-marked for employment land, with c.1,000 residential units being proposed in this current phase of development.
Further to this, the proposed open space, retirement village, primary school, public open space, and a new local centre – being delivered in the next phase of work – will support further employment and help to support a new community at the site.
As part of Countryside’s proposals for Drakelow, later phases will see the construction of a primary school, which will become part of the heart of the development alongside the Local Centre. The school will sit alongside other amenities, such as a shop and the retirement village.
We have been in conversation with an educational construction group to bring forward these plans and are currently working towards a two-form entry primary school that will cater for 120 pupils prior to the occupation of 600 dwellings. This will subsequently double once 1200 dwellings are occupied, with capacity growing to 420 pupils.
The design of the buildings at Drakelow Park will draw inspiration from the design characteristics and architectural detail from surrounding towns and villages, such as:
Our team looked at a number of different qualities that these surrounding places had and observed the open space, buildings and character, materials and details, amongst others, to help shape the design vision for Drakelow Park and allow the development to sit neatly and in-keeping alongside the existing settlements.
The retention and enhancing of landscaping is an integral part of plans for Drakelow Park. There is currently an existing ‘T’ shaped woodland that borders the River Trent, running centrally through the site along the line of Darklands Brook and links with a similarly strong woodland belt along the southern perimeter of the site.
A range of trees naturally create an extensive network of linked open spaces, which also makes use of the areas of existing meadowland in the north eastern half of the site.
Neighbourhood parks and greenways are also proposed as part of an overall strategy that seeks to retain these existing landscape features and attributes.
We also seek to incorporate the conservation of the listed sunken garden and river terraces of the former Drakelow Hall, which make a significant contribution to the character and distinctiveness of the site and its riverside setting.
There are opportunities for us to work alongside third-party groups to create new experiences within these woodland areas, perhaps making creative spaces for the primary school children.
This will all be alongside added green space and infrastructure for children to play in playgrounds, set in the middle of a number of different areas of the Drakelow Park development.
Transport and access
Access to the site is proposed directly off Walton Road, with a tree-lined boulevard providing primary access to the different areas of the development.
We aim to ensure Drakelow Park is accessible to all new residents and employees, ensuring it is well connected with adjoining residential districts and Burton town centre.
The ease of public transport will enhance the lifestyles of those living and working on the site and will encourage a cleaner and safer environment.
A bus route will be delivered to connect the eastern and western development areas via their respective local centres. This route will connect with an improved high quality bus route between Drakelow Park and Burton town centre.
A comprehensive network of footpaths, cycleways and woodland walks within the site will be delivered and will connect the site to existing routes surrounding the site.
Third river crossing
Countryside’s plans for the site also include its commitment to build the long-awaited third river crossing to replace the 1940s single-lane Bailey Bridge in Walton-on-Trent, building work for which is anticipated to begin this year.
This bridge will help alleviate long-standing traffic issues in the local area and aid traffic flow from the A38 and the A444.
Below are a set of technical drawings, which will be submitted alongside the planning application. Should you wish to receive a copy of these, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.
Roger Bullivant, founder of the Drakelow Park Group, said: “The Walton on Trent bridge has been a nightmare for decades. I am delighted that this deal will not only bring much needed housing to the area but will also finally resolve the river crossing, bringing relief to the village of Walton, easing the traffic through Burton and Stapenhill and opening up opportunities throughout the area.
We will be holding a webinar, detailing the plans with members of the project team available to answer any questions.
This will be taking place on a new date of Thursday 8th April INSTEAD of Wednesday 7th April 2021 at 6pm. Apologies for any convenience. You can register your interest during the Virtual Public Exhibition.
Thank you for taking the time to view our virtual consultation for Countryside Properties’ plans for Drakelow Park, Burton on Trent.
We will analyse your feedback and work with our team to feed these into our proposals, where appropriate, before submitting our planning application to South Derbyshire District Council.
There are several ways you can get in contact with us. Should you have any queries regarding Countryside’s proposals for Drakelow, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the project team at BECG.
Please contact us on 0800 298 7040, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is Countryside?
At Countryside, we create communities people want to be a part of. With over 60 years’ experience, we specialise in estate regeneration to build beautiful, welcoming homes and creating strong communities across London, the South East, the North West of England, Yorkshire and the West Midlands.
All our homes are built to exceptional standards with a focus on energy efficiency and green living, making people’s lives and the environment a better place to be.
In the last year alone, Countryside received awards for ‘Best Construction & Materials’, ‘Best High Volume New Housing Development’ and even scooped two awards at the Barnet Architecture Awards.
With excellent customer service and a 10-year New Home Warranty, we help homeowners feel comfortable and relaxed through every stage of the buying process.
For more information visit www.countrysideproperties.com