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Architect picked for garden village on former airfield

Decaying Shckleton at Long Marston airfield
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JTP has been appointed to design a new ‘garden village’ in Stratford-upon-Avon – one of 14 sites identified by the government in January

The AJ100 practice was selected by CALA Homes to design the latest garden village, which will include 3,500 homes on former Royal Air Force base Long Marston Airfield.

The plans for the 205ha village – which will be known as Long Marston – also include two primary schools, a secondary school and a village centre at the heart of the site.

Marcus Adams, JTP managing partner, said: ‘We have a unique opportunity to build a strong new community in a naturally beautiful and unconstrained setting, combining the best of town and country life and creating a positive legacy for this historically significant site.’

The community is one of 14 new garden villages announced by the government in January, along with three ‘garden towns’ at Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow and Gilston. The government is investing £7.4 million to help build 200,000 new homes in the developments, which will be sited across England and have their own community facilities.

Jtp long marston airfield aerial view (002)

Jtp long marston airfield aerial view (002)

Aerial view of Long Marston Airfield

The garden villages will each include between 1,500 and 10,000 homes, and are expected to deliver more than 48,000 new units in total.

In March, ADAM Architecture submitted plans for a 5,500-home garden village called Welborne to the north of Fareham, Hampshire.

Other practices working on the new garden villages include Broadway Malyan, which is involved in masterplanning Dunton Hills in Essex and Longcross in Surrey and a significant part of the Harlow and Gilston garden town.

Garden cities were first conceived by visionary architect Ebenezer Howard, who set out plans for self-sufficient garden cities ringed by agricultural belts in 1898. Architect Raymond Unwin and his partner Barry Parker won the competition to lay out the first, Letchworth, in 1904.

Twenty-seven new towns drawing on garden city principles were built in the UK following the passing of the New Towns Act in 1946.

The government confirmed the development of a new 15,000-home garden city in Ebbsfleet in Kent as part of the 2014 Budget. The announcement also included the opening of a new development corporation to drive the creation of ‘spacious, attractive, high-quality places to live’ modelled on garden city principles.

Locations of the 14 new garden villages

  • Long Marston, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Cotswolds, Oxfordshire
  • Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire
  • Culm, Devon
  • Welborne, Hampshire
  • West Carclaze, Cornwall
  • Dunton Hills, Essex
  • Spitalgate Heath, Lincolnshire
  • Halsnead, Merseyside
  • Longcross, Surrey
  • Bailrigg, Lancaster
  • Infinity Garden Village, Derbyshire
  • St Cuthberts, Cumbria
  • Handforth, Cheshire

ADAM Architecture's plans for a 5,500-home garden village to the north of Fareham, Hampshire – one of 14 sites identified by the government in January

ADAM Architecture’s plans for a 5,500-home garden village to the north of Fareham, Hampshire – one of 14 sites identified by the government in January

ADAM Architecture’s plans for a 5,500-home garden village to the north of Fareham, Hampshire – one of 14 sites identified by the government in January

Locations of the three new garden towns

  • Aylesbury area, Buckinghamshire
  • Taunton area, Somerset
  • Harlow and Gilston, Essex-Hertfordshire border
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