The design brief called for a new community encompassing residential and commercial development, including retail, recreation, community and education facilities. The site, adjacent to Junction 15 of the M1, occupies 40 ha (99 acres) of land for mixed housing and 30 ha (74 acres) for employment, interlinked with country parks and greenways.
Through the establishment of a strong design framework, a balance between individual identity and overall unity has been achieved in both the residential and commercial zones of the development. Major infrastructure and enabling works have ensured the village centre, housing and industrial zones are easily accessible, but protected from motorway noise by structural embankment planting.
Strong landscaping boundaries provide screening for the residential development from the industrial units and tree-lined access roads provide a striking visual impact on entering the site.