The Phased Development of Land off of Roeshot Hill, Christchurch

Thank you for visiting the project website for the development which will be known as Roeshot Grange. Here you can find out more about Taylor Wimpey’s proposals for the phased development of land north of the A35 in Christchurch.

The Approved Illustrative Masterplan for Roeshot Grange

The Site

Outline planning permission was granted in March 2019 for up to 875 new homes in Christchurch, with up to 35% of affordable housing. The plans include a large area of public open space, two floodlit all weather 5-a-side sports pitches, a community building with changing facilities and a children’s play area (known as a Local Equipped Area of Play).

There will be a new road bridge over the River Mude including junction proposals to Watery Lane. There will be a new vehicular access to Lyndhurst Road, a new eastbound access on slip to the A35 Christchurch Bypass and a new vehicular access (inbound only with emergency access) to Hawthorn Road.

The Section 106 agreement between Taylor Wimpey and BCP Council stipulates Taylor Wimpey will contribute in the region of £6.5 million to help support local community services.

Please click the image to see a larger version of the approved illustrative masterplan.

The Approved Illustrative Masterplan for Roeshot Grange
The Approved Illustrative Masterplan for Roeshot Grange

Approved Outline Planning Permission

The approved planning permission for Roeshot Grange can be viewed on Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s website

Additional information

Further information about the wider masterplan, infrastructure and access is available here

Phased Development

The development is being brought forward in phases and this website explains the proposed phases in more detail

Design Code

It is a condition of the outline planning permission for Roeshot Grange that the development shall be carried out in accordance with a design code, which was approved by BCP Council in 2019. A design code is a planning document that details a range of principles to inform the plans, such as suggested construction materials, the type of homes that can be built and important vistas, through to the type of street planting. These overarching principles help guide the development, in order to deliver a high-quality place.

View the design code

The Design Code can be viewed by clicking the button below

A Phased Approach

to Development

Roeshot Grange is a complex development and Taylor Wimpey intends to bring it forward in considered stages, in order to aid viability and deliverability.

The Phasing Plan shows our current proposed sequence of stages; however, this may be subject to change based on build programme and market conditions.

Roeshot Grange Indicative Phasing Plan

As per the indicative phasing plan, Taylor Wimpey currently intends to bring the site forward in six phases:

Phase One

In October 2021, the first detailed planning application for the site was approved by BCP Council under delegated powers. This was for a small parcel of public open space, west of the new vehicular access roundabout to Lyndhurst Road.

The second detailed planning application for 43 homes in phase one was submitted to BCP Council in Spring 2023. You can view the planning application on BCP Council’s website, using the planning reference 8/23/0215/RM. Click here to visit the Council’s planning pages.

Subject to approval, work could commence in this location in October 2023 and be completed by Summer 2024.

Phase Two

This phase will see the creation of the infrastructure for the whole site, including undergrounding of the high voltage power lines. Taylor Wimpey estimates that this planning application could be submitted in Spring 2024 and, again subject to approval, work could commence in early 2025.

Phases Three through to Six

(post 2025)

Phase three sees the start of development in the eastern residential zone, around Stewarts Garden Centre and the allotments. Phase four consists of the community hub, integrated sports pitches, play area and open space. Phase five is located in the eastern part of the site and phase six, the last phase to be developed, is located on the western side of the site.

A development of this scale takes considerable time to prepare and submit for formal determination. As further information is prepared on future development phases, Taylor Wimpey is committed to keeping the local community informed of the proposals and this website will be updated with additional information.

Overview of Phase One

of Roeshot Grange

In October 2021, the first detailed planning application for the site was approved by BCP Council under delegated powers. This was for a small parcel of public open space, west of the new vehicular access roundabout to Lyndhurst Road. This public open space will provide a welcoming access into the development, with well-considered planting and an attractive outlook for the new homes.

The second detailed planning application for this first phase was submitted in Spring 2023. This application forms the gateway entrance to the site from Lyndhurst Road, framing the development and setting the scene for future phases. 43 new homes are proposed in this area; 16 one bedroom apartments and 11 two, three and four bed family homes will be available for private sale.

16 of the 43 new homes are one and two bedroom affordable properties for rent or shared ownership through a registered housing provider. The ratio of affordable homes has been determined in conjunction with the Council based on local need.

Plan showing the first phase of development

The design and layout for Phase One of Roeshot Grange is in accordance with the approved design code and the illustrative masterplan for the site.

Most of the houses will be two-storey, with a mix of detached and semi-detached properties. There will also be a number of three-storey apartment buildings.

A new vehicular access roundabout will be created on Lyndhurst Road, surrounded by areas of wildflower meadow planting.

Following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a feature ‘tulip’ tree will be added to the open space to commemorate her reign, as this was one of her favourite trees. In total, 64 trees will be planted as part of the landscape scheme for the first phase, including a variety of native tree species such as field maple, hawthorn and rowan.

Example house types for Phase One

Materials

The homes proposed are traditional in style, in keeping with the local area. A combination of red brick, white render, and ashlar render to the ground floor (to create a stonework effect) along with slate and red roofs give distinctiveness to the development.

The design and layout for this area is in accordance with the approved design code and the illustrative masterplan for the site.

Most of the houses will be two-storey, with a mix of detached and semi-detached properties. There will also be a number of three-storey apartment buildings.

A new vehicular access roundabout will be created on Lyndhurst Road, surrounded by areas of wildflower meadow planting.

Following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a feature ‘tulip’ tree will be added to the open space to commemorate her reign, as this was one of her favourite trees. In total, 64 trees will be planted as part of the landscape scheme for the first phase, including a variety of native tree species such as field maple, hawthorn and rowan.

Example house types for Phase One

Materials

The homes proposed are traditional in style, in keeping with the local area. A combination of red brick, white render, and ashlar render to the ground floor (to create a stonework effect) along with slate and red roofs give distinctiveness to the development.

Access for Phase One

The vehicular access into Phase One comes from Lyndhurst Road and the newly developed roundabout. The development will tie in with the wide network of roads, paths and cycle routes in future phases.

The main, wide tree-lined street through the development will accommodate a bus and a car passing. The bus route will run east to west along this road.

There is adequate parking provision across the site, as well as space for visitor parking. Consideration has also been given to cycle storage – either in garages or in a secure shed in the rear garden for plots without garages. Apartments will be provided with dedicated enclosed cycle storage.

Sustainability

at Roeshot Grange

Taylor Wimpey was a finalist in the ‘Sustainable Housebuilder of the Year’ awards for 2021. The company is fully supportive of the Government-led Future Homes Standard, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from homes and to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Measures will be taken through each of the development phases to ensure a sustainable development is created. As an example, Taylor Wimpey operates a nationwide timber procurement policy, meaning that timber products can only be sourced from responsible and legally procured suppliers, with Chain of Custody or FSC certificates.

As an engaged partner in the WRAP initiative, Taylor Wimpey has reduced the volume of waste generated on site. We achieve a recycling rate of 93% across our developments, and total waste volumes have reduced by 70% from 2007 to today.

With regard to the homes proposed within the first phase of development at Roeshot Grange, the construction of each property will include high levels of insulation in the ground floor, external walls and roof spaces. This will lessen heat loss from the building envelope and lower the energy requirement of every home. Each house and apartment building will benefit from solar photovoltaic panels, providing a zero carbon source of energy. Furthermore, low-flow sanitaryware in each home will help achieve a low water consumption rate. These homes will achieve the Government-led Future Homes Standard.

New homes are considerably more energy efficient than older properties. 84% of new build homes were rated with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) of B or above, while less than 4% of existing homes reach this high standard (Watt a Save Report October 2022).

Our plans for Roeshot Grange include significant opportunities to enhance the site for local wildlife and measures to enhance biodiversity. Sensitive lighting will be used to respect nocturnal wildlife as well as creating a diverse natural habitat for birds and ground foraging mammals. New homes in the first phase of Roeshot Grange will have either an integrated bat or bird box and wood and log piles will be provided for reptiles, mammals, invertebrates and amphibians. All garden fences will have at least two gaps at the base of the fence line to allow for movement of hedgehogs between gardens and the wider area.

Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace

(SANG)

A key component of the outline planning application for Roeshot Grange is the creation of a new area of publicly accessible open space, known as a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG). The Roeshot and Burton SANG extends to approximately 40 hectares to the north of the railway line and is being progressed by a separate planning application (8/16/0381/FUL should you wish to view this on the Council’s website).

A SANG is a recreational site where visitors can make repeat visits for activities such as dog walking. Most SANGs are created on former agricultural land and mainly consist of meadow grasslands with new planting, a mown circular footpath, timber furniture and a car park. The Roeshot and Burton SANG will be managed by a warden and comprise a mix of mature landscapes with existing areas of woodland, natural ponds and new planting. There will be identified walking routes from the new homes at Roeshot Grange and the wider area.

The SANG will connect to Roeshot Grange using links under and over the railway line and will accommodate both pedestrian and cyclists.

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Map showing the Roeshot and Burton SANG in the wider context
The SANG phasing plan
SANG walking routes

Flooding

The majority of the Roeshot Grange site is located on land which has a low probability of flooding. However, alongside the River Mude there are parts of the site that are at risk of flooding and have been identified by the Environment Agency as such. There will be no residential development in the land that has been identified as having a medium or high probability of flooding. A comprehensive drainage strategy means that development of the site would not increase the risk of flooding within the site, or elsewhere.

The site is almost flat and the water table is only a couple of metres below the surface. This means that surface water drainage will need to be managed through sustainable urban drainage measures (SUDs). The surface water strategy will incorporate flow-controlled discharge to the River Mude in combination with ground infiltration through attenuation ponds. A network of swales will provide landscape, amenity and ecology benefits, along with permeable paving.

An example Taylor Wimpey swale, as part of the sustainable urban drainage system planned for Roeshot Grange
An example Taylor Wimpey swale, as part of the sustainable urban drainage system planned for Roeshot Grange
An example Taylor Wimpey attenuation pond
An example Taylor Wimpey attenuation pond

About

Taylor Wimpey

Taylor Wimpey is one of the UK’s largest residential developers, building and selling over 10,000 homes each year. In 2007, George Wimpey and Taylor Woodrow merged to form Taylor Wimpey. We are proud of the home building and construction heritage of both companies, which dates back more than 100 years. As a responsible developer, we are committed to working with local people and communities, and we make a positive contribution to the communities in which we work.

Community Benefits

We believe our proposals for the development of this site carry wider benefits to the community of Christchurch beyond the provision of much-needed new homes. The Section 106 agreement between Taylor Wimpey and BCP Council stipulates Taylor Wimpey will contribute in the region of £6.5 million to local community services. This money will help fund such things as primary, secondary and sixth form provision, medical centre provision, as well as improvements to the local cycleway network and maintenance of sports pitches and play areas in the locality.

Consultation

We understand this development has been the subject of previous public consultation. Thank you if you contributed to these previous events and please rest assured that, as development is an iterative process, your views will continue to be taken onboard.

At Taylor Wimpey, we take the views of the local community seriously. This website provides an overview of the phased development of Roeshot Grange. At an appropriate time, we will also hold further public exhibitions to showcase our proposals for future larger phases and ascertain feedback.

The planning application for phase one of Roeshot Grange has recently been registered with BCP Council and you can view and comment on this live planning application on the Council’s website, using the reference 8/23/0215/RM. Click here to visit the Council’s planning pages.

In the meantime, should you have any questions on any information contained on this website, please contact us by email or call us on 0800 689 5209.

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