This 2.14 hectare site was successfully promoted by Oneill Homer through a Local Plan Review as an allocation for residential development and a planning application for 70 dwellings. The site is located on the edge of Halstead, a market town in Essex and the design led approach to the representations justified its allocation by demonstrating how the site could be developed to create an attractive new edge to the settlement which would not adversely impact the rural edge setting.

The sloped site which sits either side of a brook also required a design approach to resolve the engineering of the ground levels to create development platforms, with the opening up of the brook to safeguard its ecology and create a public open space.

A different development character either side of the brook in response to the setting was also part of a placemaking strategy to create additional value on the site.