In 2020 Mark Doodes Planning was appointed to be part of a tender team for a brownfield site in the heart of Wroughton, a large village to the South of Swindon in Wiltshire.
The first step was a submission to the Local Planning Authority for pre-application advice. After this feedback was received our client decided to not take the site any further but this webpage showcases how our vision for the site would have looked had this not been the case.
The proposal was to demolish the existing Co-op building and in its place re-build a new two storey retail and residential building with quality design and functionality at its core.
The redevelopment of brownfield sites has the advantage of relieving the pressure on Greenfield locations which are often on the edge of villages and whilst still providing services and homes that local people desire. The Government also encourage the growth of housing in villages and town centre locations at a national level.
As well as providing much needed housing for the local area, the proposed development also sought to retain employment opportunities through the inclusion of additional retail spaces within the design. Careful consideration was taken with the frontage, which was re-designed so that the store frontage was been bought forward to improve the relationship with the street and passing customers and users of the space - all on an area smaller than the existing Co-op.