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John Elliott, Managing Director of Millwood Designer Homes discusses what factors come into account when selecting a new site to build on.

Site selection has a very important bearing on planning, designing and delivering new homes. There are a number of key factors that affect and are considered when choosing a specific location. Key to the process is ensuring that the requirements and objectives for the site are clearly set out early on and risks or constraints are minimised. At Millwood, we ensure the following factors are carefully considered when selecting a site:

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

This is one of the most important factors we consider before purchasing or selecting a site for residential purpose. In our heartland of Kent, Sussex and Surrey we are always looking for land in thriving or upcoming villages or towns. We always ensure that our homes are situated in localities which are already fully developed or which are fast developing to ensure buyers have close access to day-to-day amenities and facilities.

SUITABILITY

At Millwood, we are passionate about creating homes that sit comfortably within their local surroundings. For all of our sites, detailed plans are carried out to ensure local residential dwellings and buildings are not affected and the homes replicate similar architectural styles. The beautiful community at our development Lavender Fields in East Sussex is made of a grand central manor house, large farmhouses, barn conversions, Oast houses, smaller farm workers’ cottages, plus a Meeting House and Smithy. The context of each site is taken into account and our new homes are designed to blend seamlessly into the existing setting.

ENHANCING THE ENVIRONMENT

We also strive to ensure our developments create sustainable environments that benefit not just the people who will live in our homes but also the local wildlife, with bird and bat boxes included in many sites.  Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) are installed to help solve complex drainage issues and provide landscaping enhancement opportunities.  For example, at Lavender Fields in Isfield, we incorporated swales with many different species of plants and grasses to encourage a ‘Wildlife Corridor’.