Region: South West
Local Authority: West Dorset
Funding Body: Shaftesbury Housing Association
Summary: An affordable housing development on the edge of the village of Abbotsbury, a picturesque historic village in West Dorset.
The development is located on the edge of the village and so provides a gateway into the settlement. The houses facing onto the road take a traditional form and scale and use the local stone for walling. Part of the row is thatched, part has Welsh slate roofing – a material that is seen on many older buildings in the village.
Development to the rear of the plot is along a new street and around a ‘square’ which provides a parking area. Here there is a mix of building form compared to the consistent terrace to the street with some units having a barn or large workshop appearance and there is a variety in walling with some buildings rendered. The latter is not obviously a feature of the village and the buildings with this treatment have a non-traditional arrangement of windows.
The most favourable part of this scheme is the terrace which lines the road into the village where a traditional form is used with consistency. The development to the rear creates a new street which, when viewed from the road provides an interesting and inviting view into the development.
Are there aspects of the scheme that could be considered as being less successful?
The fenestration pattern of some of the houses to the rear part of the development could be considered inappropriate in terms of the local vernacular, but this is a minor issue.
Keywords: DESIGN IN CONTEXT