Nestled along the Grand Union Canal, near Daventry, Monksmoor Park is a vibrant new community, inspired by the original 20th Century Garden City concept. The development exemplifies Crest Nicholson’s Garden Village Principles, where green space and trees are as important as buildings, healthy lifestyles are encouraged, and sustainability is championed.
Expected for completion in 2022, the development is now in its fourth phase out of five and will comprise approximately 1,000 thoughtfully designed homes, a primary school, a brand-new community building, health facilities, both retail and office space, as well as an extensive network of cycle paths. In addition, the site will also include 25 acres of open space, including an extension to the Daventry Reservoir Country Park to the south of the site, providing a link to the Grand Union Canal to the north. The development offers its residents a new way of living, providing a community which people are proud to call home.
Highly commended “Best Housing Scheme” Planning Awards 2018
Taking advantage of the site’s natural beauty, Monksmoor Park connects residents and amenities through the new Country Park extension, designed to encourage residents to walk, cycle and enjoy nature on their doorstep. Surrounded by woodlands, canals and local flood plain, Monksmoor Park is encapsulated by a significant ecological habitat. Crest Nicholson worked with landscape architects and wildlife experts to preserve and enhance its natural surrounds and encourage local fauna, extending the country park into the development through a series of lakes, native tree and shrubbery plantings, open spaces and play areas. Environmentally friendly methods of transport are encouraged with a vast number of walkways and cycleways throughout, ensuring the development flows seamlessly. Monksmoor Park has also been developed to honour the existing landscape, with each home benefiting from a strong sense of connectivity to the surrounding green landscapes complementing the natural habitat.
When submitting plans, the team was faced with a challenge from the Daventry Reservoir to the south of the site. To protect the development in the event of a dam failure, the development needed to be raised significantly above the existing ground level in places, with potential flood paths rerouted away from the future housing. This was a complicated operation involving mass earthworks that was funded entirely by Crest Nicholson. However, rather than being viewed as a costly challenge, it was viewed as an important opportunity to create a unique community. Crest Nicholson provided additional investment in the house designs, which are visible across the valley for quite a distance, using the flood paths to extend the neighbouring parklands to weave seamlessly into the community, and have worked closely with residents to ensure sporting facilities, popular parklands and community amenities were outside of flood levels.
Through its approach to placemaking at Monksmoor Park, Crest Nicholson has successfully delivered a high-quality, environmentally friendly development with a thriving community spirit, meeting the council’s need for more housing and community assets. With a focus on complementing the surrounding environment through design, parklands and community assets, Crest Nicholson has unlocked previously unusable land to the public and created a new parkland space, village and public realm for residents and the wider community to enjoy for years to come.
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