Cotswold Gate is a Bellway Homes (Northern Home Counties) residential development site in Chipping Norton. Clarkebond was involved prior to the acquisition of the site for a development of 228 residential units.
Clarkebond carried out a ground investigation which revealed variable ground conditions with the potential to impact the site drainage. Infiltration tests were carried out from which we were able to propose a zoned drainage strategy that maximised the plot layout and that enabled early submission of the Section 278 application. The S278 application was a pre-commencement condition therefore it was important to get it submitted early. Clarkebond worked with masterplanners, Barton Wilmore, to ensure that the drainage strategy was fully integrated into the masterplan and the landscape strategy.
As the site is on the edge of an AONB, it was an essential part of the strategy to ensure that full consideration was given to harmonising the development with the surrounding environment. Clarkebond also carried out a Flood Risk Assessment and civil engineering review of the site and subsequently provided detailed design