The Masterplan for Wellington Gate is based upon a Green Infrastructure Strategy, developed to create a connected, multi-functional network of green spaces and corridors. This network will penetrate the main development areas and provide green corridors across the site to the edges and beyond.
The Green Infrastructure Network is divided into a series of separate landscape character areas, which have been designed in conjunction with the built form character areas to create areas of distinctiveness. An overview of these character areas is provided below.
Ecological Park & Runway Park
Proposed open space consisting of SUDS, play areas, footpath links and existing tree belts and ponds. Wide footpaths suitable for pedestrian and cycle routes will provide a sustainable landscape. Dwellings fronting this area to have a more natural feel to the landscape design with more native species and ecological enhancements integrated into the landscape, for example low level lighting to encourage foraging bats. Along with providing an area for wildlife to flourish, local schools can use this area for education purposes with information boards.
The proposed Runway Park will be located along the historical runway location, with a mixture of informal recreation. 3 LEAPs are proposed along the route with varying designs, to create and reflect the character of their surroundings. Play will be incorporated into the park along footpaths as well as in designated ‘play’ zones.
SUDS in the form of swales run along the park, creating an attractive landscape, and with native planting will create habitats for wildlife. The footpaths and cycleways connect to different areas of the development. Proposed orchard areas will increase biodiversity and create an alternative recreation area. There will be a synergy where routes intersect the park with paving patterns and soft landscape creating legible spaces.
Community Park & Sports Pitches
Public open space with a parkland feel with informal footpaths linking different spaces within the development. Proposed tree planting in informal formation aids the parkland feel. Areas of grassland retained and enhanced to ensure existing habitats are retained.
Rural Edge & Green Corridors
A pleasant area for residents and visitors a like, with areas of open space with long grass retained and enhanced to provide habitats for foraging barn owls and shelter for great crested newts. Wide footpaths provide an attractive connectivity route through the development.
Units facing this area will benefit from attractive green views and glimpses of the wider landscape through breaks in the boundary vegetation. Interpretation boards within this area provide the user with information regarding flora and fauna and will also link up to ecological area.
These green corridors run through the development linking up the large open spaces on the north and south. Encouraging wildlife into the development itself, with the use of native planting, in shrub and wildflower form, to create new habitats.
SUDS play a part in these green corridors, adding a further habitat opportunity as well as creating an attractive environment for residents and visitors.Further Detail on Rural Edge
The 3 entrance ways will all take on a similar character; urban, formal and linear with potential for public plazas along the route. Structure tree planting create the features along these routes announcing arrival into the development. Tree planting within hard landscaped areas will create plazas that have potential for community events.Further Detail on Entrance Ways