9. Design of new homes
Draft Papworth Everard Village Design Guide SPD
Representation ID: 167841
Respondent: Gladman Developments
Gladman welcomes the fact that while recognising distinctive styles within different parts of Papworth, the guidance does not seek to prescribe detailed requirements for any element of design, including materials or house types.
Dear Sir / Madam,
I am writing to provide the comments of Gladman Developments Limited in response to the consultation on the draft Village Design Guide SPD (VDG) for Papworth Everard. Gladman request that you take these into account in the preparation of the SPD.
Gladman note that the Design Guide is intended as a user-friendly tool for developers (amongst others) and aims to set out clear design principles to guide future development proposals in and around the village. It is important that the Guide is used as a basis to inform discussions between developers, their consultants and the Council and that the guidance is not misinterpreted as rigid policy requirements.
Gladman wish to make the following, brief comments on the draft VDG:
* Section 3 sets out the priorities for the VDG, which include the protection of views and vistas across the village.
Gladman considers that this matter goes beyond the typical remit of an SPD on design and should be considered in depth through plan-making, either through a strategic plan at district level or through a neighbourhood plan. While landscape considerations are undoubtedly important, they must be considered alongside more strategic issues such as overall levels of growth.
* Sections 5 concerns landscape-led design. Figure 10 identifies "valued" green spaces/gaps and internal and external views. However, the evidential basis for these "valued" views is unclear. Again, this potentially goes beyond the remit of a design SPD and into a matter that would be more appropriately considered through plan-making or a detailed landscape character assessment .
* Section 9 sets out basic principles for the design of new homes. Gladman welcomes the fact that while recognising distinctive styles within different parts of Papworth, the guidance does not seek to prescribe detailed requirements for any element of design, including materials or house types .
Gladman trust that you find the above comments constructive . Should you require any clarification or wish to discuss the points raised, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Draft Papworth Everard Village Design Guide SPD
Representation ID: 168339
Respondent: Papworth Everard Parish Council
This chapter on the design of buildings is a crucial in a village design guide. The parish council object to the structure of the text and the weakness of the guidance given and propose amendments.
OBJECT - title of Chapter 8. Propose adding 'Hospital site' to read 'The Papworth
Royal Hospital site'. The hospital has never been known as 'The Papworth Royal',
also the Hospital has now relocated to Cambridge, so the buildings in Papworth
Everard are no longer a hospital, but vey much a 'site'.
Although Chapter 9 on building design refers to Chapter 4, there is a paucity of
information on buildings in Chapter 4.
Paragraph entitled 'Ermine Street' Propose adding to end of paragraph: 'Houses of
the 19th Century in the village centre are of white Gault clay brick and originally had
either plain tile or slate roofs. Early 20th Century houses are either of common or red
brick (southern end of Ermine Street South), or of red brick with a cream painted render
first floor (northern end of Ermine Street North).
Paragraph entitled 'Wood Lane' Propose amending the sentence that begins
'Houses were built as a mix...' as follows: "Houses were built as a mix of singlestorey
pre-fabs (corrugated asbestos sheets) and two-storey semis; the semis
consist of white or cream painted brick (Ridgeway and Baron's Way) red brick
(Wood Lane and Brookfield Road) or of red brick with a cream painted, rendered
first floor (Pendragon Hill). (All but one of the pre-fabs have been replaced with
modern houses during the last 30 years)."
Hayman's Way and Varrier-Jones Change first sentence to read "A large late 20th
Cheere and Hamden Replace first sentence with the following: "Hamden Way
was the first area of private housing built in the village since the arrival of the
Papworth Village Settlement in 1917. It was constructed in the late 1980s and
1990s. Cheere Way and Jubilee Green, closer to Ermine Street, are of the early
21st Century and were built contemporaneously with the new village centre,
predominantly of buff brick."
Fig 12 requires the addition of a proposed pedestrian/cycle route from the
roundabout at the southern end of the village, southward on the eastern side of the
(Funding is available for a new pedestrian and cycle way along the A1198 between
Papworth Everard and Caxton Gibbet, which will be constructed under the
management of the County Council in due course).
You may wish to amend 'needles' to read 'thorns'
Change title of Chapter to read: 'The Royal Papworth Hospital site'
Fig 15: Change title to read: Design principles for the Royal Papworth Hospital site'.
Fig 15: Should '(NTS)' read '(NHS)'?
In the penultimate line of the first column of text on page 20 you may wish to
consider amending 'leisures' to read 'leisure'.
First two paragraphs
The first paragraph in bold type gives no firm advice and by putting "Materials vary
quite widely across the village..." in a primary position will give developers and their
designers the impression that any materials could be successfully introduced into
The parish council proposes moving the current second paragraph (starting "Ermine
Street and...") to the start of the text, as it gives a positive message and contains
guidance. And we propose demoting the current opening paragraph to second place.
The parish council very much supports the guidance contained in paragraph 9.1.
The road name 'Chapel Lane' in the current second paragraph and in paragraph 9.3 is incorrect and should be amended to read: 'Church Lane'.
Fig 21 Caption
All the original wards and other buildings at Papworth Hospital were constructed of
brick. Therefore, the parish council does not understand why the wording "unusual in
this context for their use"... of red brick. We suggest the words quoted here are
wording quoted here is deleted. If a contrast is being made between the red brick of
the original buildings and the modern materials used on buildings of more recent
construction, this should be made clear.