/ URBANISM / DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT /
AUSTIN-SMITH:LORD / GLASGOW OFFICE
INTRODUCTION / BACKGROUND INFORMATION / BRIEF
This design statement outlines a proposed Development Framework for housing on a key site on the western edge of Morningside. This proposal would create a natural extension to the existing settlement, envisaging two discreet areas for new housing within a wider network of open space. Working with the existing site context and applying tried and tested placemaking concepts, this proposal seeks to augment and enhance the landscape setting and path network to integrate new housing within the wider community of Morningside. The site could accommodate up to 150 new homes and is ideally located to meet North Lanarkshire and Wishaw’s housing needs. The site is in a sustainable location, it has good public transport links and is within walking distance to Morningside Primary school and local amenities, including a large supermarket.
The site, which occupies an area of 15.5 hectares (38.3 Acres) is located to the southeast of Newmains, which itself lies to the east of Wishaw, Lanarkshire. It is situated immediately to the west of the recently expanded residential enclave of Morningside. The site is bounded to the west by the Auchter Water, to the east by Morningside and by open countryside to the south. The site is accessed from the A71, which impinges upon the site to the north. The site is identified within the below location plans.
SITE DESCRIPTION / HISTORY
The site has been the subject of extensive mineral working in the past and lay derelict for many years. Part of the site, principally along the eastern side, has been reclaimed, with the establishment of substantial belts of woodland approximately twenty years ago. More recently (within the last fifteen years) there has been the recovery of brick making clay from its place of storage alongside the burn. At the moment, about 18% of the site is classed as being vacant and derelict, the balance being classified as open space. To the south, an attenuation pond has recently been constructed to serve the needs of new housing in Morningside. The site has been the subject of significant industrial activity over the year which has resulted in the landform being totally modified by human intervention. At present, the site consists of two essentially level platforms, situated on either side of a track which bisects the site along its long axis running north to south. These low lying areas occupy land adjacent to the Auchter Water and are separated from the higher ground to the east by a steep embankment whose severity reduces progressively towards the south. In the southeast, immediately adjacent to the new housing in Morningside, there is an area with a shallower slope which has a southerly aspect. Visually, the site is well contained. The land to the north is low lying, which will allow any development to nestle into its landscape setting. Only a limited number of residential properties, situated to the northeast overlook this part of the site, but their views will be filtered by an intervening belt of woodland. This woodland however consists of deciduous broadleaf trees and so the degree of screening will be seasonal and be at its least effective between late autumn and spring. The area to the southeast is also well screened from the majority of available viewpoints in the west, although its proximity to Morningside will make it highly visible from those individual properties bordering the site. This area presently has an open aspect to the south; however additional infrastructural landscaping could be introduced along this flank to reduce any potential detrimental impact when viewed from the wider countryside beyond.
Hirst Landscape Architects Preliminary Landscape Appraisal of a housing development on the site suggests that potential effects would be limited and in most cases where they are significant, be beneficial. The existing woodland resource will be retained and extended and an additional belt of riparian vegetation 10.0M wide is to be introduced along the banks of the Auchter Water. This will contribute towards the wider green network linking core habitats to the north and south. Existing derelict land will be reclaimed as a result of the development. Visually, the new housing will nestle into its landscape setting, being largely screened from public view by topography and intervening vegetation from the majority of significant receptor viewpoints. It is not anticipated that a housing development in the form proposed will impose any adverse effect upon the prevailing landscape character of the locale.