East Northamptonshire’s pioneering project receives industry recognition

Published Wednesday, 19 June 2019

A proposed East Northamptonshire development has been recognised nationally for its sustainable environmental status at an industry awards ceremony.

The masterplan for Tresham Garden Village at Deenethorpe Airfield has been Highly Commended at the National Planning Awards in the category of Planning for the Natural Environment.

East Northamptonshire Council and the North Northamptonshire Joint Planning and Delivery Unit Joint have worked closely with the promoters of the Garden Village and the design team at Charlton Brown Architects, to ensure that the natural environmental is at the core of the proposals for the development.  A detailed evaluation of the natural assets of the site by consultants Natural Capital Solutions and Lockhart Garratt has been used to shape the draft Masterplan. 

The outcome of this exercise saw the development become the first in the UK to employ Natural Capital Accounting and Ecosystems Services to ensure that the masterplan mitigates against water, air and noise pollution and reconnects ancient woodlands. This links with the 100,000 trees newly planted by the Deene Estate around the airfield.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said:

“Tresham Garden Village is anticipated to be a unique community with high-quality homes and facilities set against the background of dedicated green spaces and recreational areas.

“It is our aim to ensure that this development is sustainable and environmentally sound and this award recognises our commitment to ensuring that the masterplan has the natural environment at its core.” 

To view the report, visit: www.nnjpdu.org.uk/publications/natural-capital-account-2019-natural-capital-assessment-2017