John Pardey Architects scheme for 56 dwellings on the edge of the historic village of Alfold has been granted planning permission at appeal.
The proposal for Q-Developments, at Alfold Gardens, sought to evoke the grain of historic Surrey villages. The layout is focused around a ‘village green’ framed by a network of narrow lanes leading to field boundaries and new connections into the existing village. As with historic villages, the lanes are shared by pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. Simple landscaping edged with cobbled strips, hedging and brick walls encourage slow speeds and safe spaces for all to enjoy.
Building forms echo the simple and adaptable houses, barns and outbuildings found in traditional villages. Informal orientation and building frontages resonate with the apparently ad hoc layout of historic villages where practical considerations took priority over ‘conventional’ street alignment.
Design South East provided advice and encouragement at two design reviews:
“We applaud the ambition for high-quality, contemporary architecture that takes its cue from the Surrey vernacular and consider that this development has many attributes that could make it an exemplary housing scheme.”