Our Proposals

Our emerging proposals comprise the development of a residential community providing up to 350 homes and a wide range of community facilities. The proposed development will offer a mix of market and affordable homes. The development will facilitate intergenerational living and will include homes which are suitable for all stages of peoples’ lives. Watermill Bridge will be a place where people will want to live, play and work.

Underlying all of this is the aspiration to produce a low carbon development that provides an exemplar for development in the borough as we move towards the 2050 Zero Carbon target.

Concept Masterplan

Watermill Bridge Exemplar Initiatives

Built Fabric
  • Building efficiency greater than requirements of the new Part L Building Regulations (exact improvement to be calculated on detail designed scheme)
  • Potential for highly efficient ‘Passivhaus’ affordable homes
  • All homes with PV Solar Panels and air-source heat pumps
  • All homes, including affordable both designed to fully meet NDSS and M4(2)
  • Low water use (110 litres per person per day)
  • Grey water recycling for all homes
  • Rainwater harvesting across the scheme
  • Community building powered sustainably by Water Wheel on site.
Biodiversity Net Gain / Landscape
  • Greater than 10% biodiversity net gain, potential for 20%
  • Improved green infrastructure connectivity where possible
  • Combined wetland creation and carbon management system to remove 20-30 tonnes of carbon per year.
Transport
  • A highly accessible permeable and legible internal site layout
  • Provide free bicycle or bike voucher to each new home
  • Cycling proficiency sessions
  • Provide residents welcome pack to inform residents of sustainable travel options including the current lift share scheme in Newbury
  • Offer sustainable travel vouchers to residents
  • Provision of a Car Club scheme within the development
  • Potential to extend existing frequent bus service to route through the site
  • EV charging point on all dwellings (one shared fast charging point where apartments), 20% EV on visitor and communal parking areas
  • Provision of new pedestrian crossing as part of the proposed site access arrangements
  • Provision of a direct cycle connection to Newbury services and facilities
  • Improve the Public Right of Way (footpath) to Wash Water road.
Other Community Benefits
  • Over 330 much needed new homes for the borough
  • Community building with flexible communal space and informal workspace
  • Farm shop / café
  • 40% affordable housing of appropriate tenure to meet local need
  • Approx. 30 Older Persons dwellings
  • Allotments
  • 7.6 ha Open Space (4 x minimum standard and 3 x quality standard).

Three fundamental elements will underpin the schemeThe Blue, The Green and The Development.

Concept Plan

The Blue

The floodplain on the site will be carefully shaped and the natural variations in water levels will be utilised to create vibrant “near river area” habitats, with wetland and wet woodland as key features increasing species and habitat biodiversity.

The natural beauty of the River Enborne will be made available to new and existing residents through incorporation of open space into the riverbank design. This multifunctional approach to use of land will allow nature, and the public, to share space in a safe and practical manner.

Water runoff from the development and its surroundings will be treated as a key resource on the site. Local recycling of rainwater, and water flowing onto the site from the south, will assist in watering green spaces during long hot summer months. This will reduce the burden on the domestic potable water-system and thereby reduce the development’s carbon footprint.

The integration of water in a natural environment will have a strong and positive effect on the mental health and wellbeing of the community.

The Green

Using the existing green infrastructure, in tandem with the blue the development would comprise a range of elements to include:

  • natural and semi-natural greenspaces
  • woodland and scrub
  • grassland and meadow
  • wetland habitat
  • open and running water
  • green corridors
  • community gardens and food production
  • cycle paths and footpaths
  • rainwater gardens and swales.
The Development

The residential development parcels will be connected through a series of treed streets and green corridors that reinforce the green infrastructure across the site. Watermill Bridge will provide a range of mixed tenure housing, home office space and community facilities to promote an inclusive community.