Saturday, January 28th 2017 at 11:59AM GMT
A proposed “garden village” housing development in rural Northumberland is the first in the UK to commit to a Dutch-style 250-metre grid, says the consultant working on the scheme.
Dissington Garden Village is a £70m project by developer Lugano Property Group. It failed to be included as one of the fourteen garden villages announced by the government at the beginning of January, but the scheme has the support of Northumberland County Council and planning permission is still being sought.
The development envisages the creation of 2000 homes, as well as shops, offices, workshops and upscale hotels and restaurants. Dissington is six miles from the edge of Newcastle upon Tyne, and borders Darras Hall, an upscale housing estate favoured by Newcastle United footballers and which itself was an early 1900s “garden village”.
Dissington Estate sits astride National Cycle Network Route 10, close to Stamfordham, which is venue for the annual Beaumont Trophy cycle race, and a key village on the Virgin Money Cyclone weekend of cycle rides.
The Dissington Garden Village’s Dutch-style cycleway grid was developed by Tom Bailey of Almere Consulting.
“This has been an amazing project for me,” said Bailey, the former NE network manager for Sustrans. “The commitment to cycling infrastructure from the development is unparalleled. This is the first housing development in the UK to commit to a comprehensive Dutch style 250-metre grid – made of paths, tracks and cycle streets. We’ll show that we can do this properly in the UK by building something that actually works for cycling.”