White Design were appointed by Wiltshire Rural Housing Association to develop proposals for 10 houses on the edge of the rural settlement of Upper Minety. The site was brought forward as a rural exception site, allowing for affordable housing to be delivered where other development would not be acceptable under planning policy. The development was completed in March 2015.
The development was designed to minimise impact on neighbouring properties in terms of overlooking from the new houses and to enable views across the site to open countryside. The layout retains existing hedgerows and trees and includes new planting to enhance the site’s ecological value.
The design of the houses is based on a modern interpretation of the traditional building forms and materials found in the surrounding area. Cotswold stone has been used for gable end walls and is continued around to elements of the front elevations and for boundary walls. Projecting windows, with timber or aluminium surrounds, add variety and identity to the individual houses.
The houses were designed with high levels of thermal insulation and achieve a target airtightness of 3 m3/(m2.h)@50Pa. They use a passive stack system to provide ventilation and air source heat pumps for heating. The houses achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and also meet Secure by Design and Lifetime Homes standards.