MADE runs bespoke visit for councillors

ADE took a group of Elected Members and officers from Wyre Forest District Council on a study visit to the exemplary Port Marine housing development in Portishead.  The trip was organised to help councillors think about the quality of housing developments as the district considers proposals for major housing sites in Kidderminster and Stourport.

Port Marine is a development of nearly 3,500 homes on former industrial land either side of the harbour in Portishead near Bristol.  North Somerset Council developed a comprehensive process for assuring quality during the development involving an overall masterplan and the step-by-step approval of sub-area masterplans as this large site was developed.  The result has been a higher density, higher quality development than that originally envisaged which has brought higher returns for the developers.  

Although mainly housing in both traditional and contemporary styles the development includes retail, leisure and employment premises.  A comprehensive public art strategy formed part of the development process.

The visit by Wyre Forest councillors enabled them to understand the processes necessary to ensure quality in large developments and to appreciate how contemporary housing can fit into an historic setting.