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UK's first sustainable suburb granted planning permission

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Environment, Housing

UK's first sustainable suburb granted planning permission UK's first sustainable suburb granted planning permission

Planning permission has finally been granted for UK's first truly sustainable suburb.

The transormation of Hackbridge in Sutton has been talked about since 2008 but this week took a giant step forward with the approval of the "progressive masterplan", designed by Assael Architecture.

The scheme by City & Provincial Properties will provide a new, fully sustainable neighbourhood for living and working. It features 124 residential units (98 family houses and 26 apartments), an innovation centre designed by Oxford Architects plus extensive landscaping and public open space.

The scheme will form part of the ‘One Planet Sutton’ plan, a large-scale programme of development and refurbishment, which will ultimately transform Hackbridge into a sustainable suburb. This development will continue to build on the precedent set by the Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED) and widen the range of green and sustainable living within Hackbridge, to include family housing as well as flats.

Wandle Riverside will include 124 high quality, green residential units carefully designed to open up and maximise views of the river. All units have been designed to meet level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

They will include: solar panels, low energy light fittings, a wind catcher for natural ventilation, acoustic insulation, composting and wormery, cycle storage, water butt and external recycling. Pedestrian and cycle routes are provided throughout the site together with a new generous public riverside walkway.

The family houses will be centred around west facing communal landscaped gardens overlooking the river.

The Wandle Innovation Centre retains the listed villa on the site with additional new business units designed with photovoltaics and green roofs. The derelict warehouses on the island site will be demolished making way for a new public park with a cycle path linking together the Wandle Trail.

Connectivity has also been a focus throughout the design with improved cycle and pedestrian routes and a new bridge, which will connect the innovation centre and Riverside site across the river.

Greg Greasley, Director, Assael Architecture, said: “This is an exciting development that will help make Hackbridge a truly low carbon and sustainable suburb. Our design sets out to create a high quality, new development that will provide a fully sustainable neighbourhood for living and working, maximising the riverside setting throughout.”

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