The image illustrates the potential character that could be developed for the new units at Monument Place. The use of timber and sheet cladding materials fits within the vernacular for rural, agricultural buildings. These materials, potentially combined with solar panels, would also provide environmental benefits to the site and its tenants.
Our Development Plans
As custodians of a modern estate, we are always looking to balance our land use with food, forestry, energy, housing and employment.
We are acutely aware how building projects must sensitively fit in with the rural surroundings as well as the community.
We pledge that every one of our building projects, regardless of its use, will aim to comply with the UK’s first green infrastructure benchmark that defines what ‘good looks like’.
This new standard is called ‘Building with Nature’ (https://www.buildingwithnature.org.uk/) and it is all about helping to create better places for people and wildlife.
Its 12 standards surround the themes of Core, Wellbeing, Water and Wildlife and each play an important part in the design of high-quality blue and green infrastructure. In essence, the accreditation is to help create better places for people and wildlife. It is something we strongly believe in.
Our most recent example of ‘Building with Nature’ is Monument Place, just outside of the village of Farndon.
Currently, our 5.5 acre business park provides employment for multiple businesses and for over 60 people full and part-time.
The land at Monument Place has been identified as employment use under the Cheshire West and Chester Local Plan (Part 2).
As part of an expansion of the business park, we recently held a public consultation with the village to showcase our aspirations, as shown below, and this is now submitted to the local authority planning department.
The next phase to the development would add a further 30 jobs and would also be complemented by an aesthetic nature reserve like backdrop to encourage drainage and complement biodiversity.
As well as new recreational routes for walkers and cyclists, we would like to build two padel tennis courts offering local people the chance to enjoy the world’s fastest growing racket sport.