Bramford is an attractive historic village on the River Gipping, a few miles outside Ipswich. We were appointed to plan an urban extension to the north of the village on land owned by the minerals company Cemex.
The site falls into two parts: the upper part is arable land partially surrounded by hedgerows; and the lower area is wetland within the river floodplain and adjacent to the newly created Suffolk Water Park.
We developed a masterplan which maximised the site’s assets while playing down constraints such as the high voltage power lines crossing the area. An outline planning application for 225 homes was submitted, together with an extensive network of public open space. The application was accompanied by a public exhibition and consultation exercise in the village.
Illustration: aerial and ground perspectives.