We are pleased to announce that we have been working closely with Rother District Council to bring forward a masterplan for the land at Blackfriars, north-east of Battle Abbey. The site was allocated for housing in 2006, but has struggled to come forward owing to significant landscape constraints, including a 40 metre fall in level and an extensive network of mature ecological landscape. Rother District Council have now applied for Homes England funding to help deliver a new road through the site that will enable future residential development.

Our masterplan for Blackfriars has been developed in close consultation with the Council’s own development team, planning department and urban design officers to bring forward a a deliverable and cohesive vision for the site. Anticipating an outline application in the coming months, our designwork has ensured that the proposed new road will be built to minimise impact on the existing landscape character of Battle, and will be ready to serve up to 250 much-needed new homes in the district.

Detailed work has been undertaken in tandem with the strategic layout of the site, with our design team testing a wide variety of house typologies against the difficult contours of the site and relating these into unique placemaking opportunities in the proposed masterplan. The fascinating heritage of Battle and the wider Rother district provides excellent precedent, both in terms of urban design and architectural detail, and we’re currently working up illustrative materials to support the Council’s planning application.

The Clague team will be joining Rother District Council in Battle Memorial Hall, between 2pm and 8pm next Wednesday, to discuss the new road and masterplan with the local community.

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