Northleach, The Cotswolds

Building design with Cotswold character

We were chosen by housing developer Freeman Homes to take their outline planning permission for 40 new dwellings through its Reserved Matters design and planning stage. Here, we acted as both architects and planners.

The site is on the eastern edge of Northleach, a few miles from Stow-on-the Wold, on gently sloping ground with excellent views over open countryside.

Freeman target their open market house type mix with great care, here commissioning 14 bespoke typology designs out of 20 open market houses alongside some six social rent or shared equity typologies in a 50/50 OM/AH ratio.

This diversity, which included four untypically large open market dwellings, helped achieve a built design that has some of the bespoke character of a typical Cotswold town.

Built over the centuries, these towns have great variety of building sizes as well as urban status. We proposed several short terraces to be dispersed amongst the detached plots, with a range of ancillary structures, garages, garden stores and single-storey extensions; all contributing to the urban character.

We handled the construction design of all key external building elements; chimneys, windows, doors, bays, etc and selected a well-blended material and paint colour palette. Particular care was taken with the quality and status of public realm boundaries.

Built to very high standards of craftsmanship, Freeman’s first significant scheme in the Cotswolds has sold well and is a valuable contribution to the extension of Northleach.