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A Case Study For Climate Emergency Response

Larkrise co-housing will be a mutually supportive eco development.  The ethos underpinning Larkrise is to tread lightly on the earth, preserving old and planting new to encourage wildlife and biodiversity.

Newly planted oaks will flank the entrance to Larkrise, capable of supporting nearly 2,500 different species when they mature. To north, west and south native hedges – species rich, tall and wide consisting of ancient hollies, field maples and a bird cherry will surround Larkrise, together with hazel, elder, willow and hawthorn. These hedges will be traditionally managed and nurtured. Locally gathered tree seeds have been raised to fill gaps in these boundary hedges. Protected from the prevailing south westerly winds, orchards will be planted.  As fruit trees age quickly, they create the perfect habitats, throughout the seasons, for invertebrates and birds.  

Wildflower meadows and prairie planting will be the matrix on the site. Where necessary, seeds varying from woodland to meadow specific will be broadcast. Cut grass foot paths will wind through the prairie, meadows and orchards.

The Larkrise site will drain into a partially clay lined pool.  This will attract invertebrates and in turn, birds, foxes, and bats to feed. Given time, the boggy areas, overhung by weeping willow, will be able to support native bog plants.

The householders of Larkrise will be encouraged to plant wildlife (especially bee) friendly plants in their gardens.  Allotments will be organically tended to produce as many varieties of soft fruit and vegetables as possible. Compost bins will process the arisings. Cobnuts, walnuts and sweet chestnuts will be planted to provide crops and shelter from northerly winds. Alongside the orchard top fruits, fig, quince and mulberry will be planted in the more sheltered areas.

Larkrise has taken many years of thoughtful and innovative planning at every stage with the aim is to enrich the lives of all who live there. Its prime movers hope it may provide an exemplar for future housing developments.

Written by Caroline for Larkrise as a case study for Climate Emergency Response in Hereford & Herefordshire

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Go Ahead For Eco-friendly Housing Scheme in Hereford

Larkrise has made it through planning and are pleased that this noteworthy event has been reported in Hereford Times.

Larkrise is a community-led cohousing scheme. It is aiming to build housing that is future proofed to provide sustainable and affordable housing for those in housing need that align with the values and ethos of the intentional community.

It will be providing 20 homes ranging from 1 bed flats to 4 bed semi-detached homes. Also included in the plans are a shared community house, productive gardens and an outdoor play area.

The co-housing, intentional community ethos means that the living environment is created and ran by its members, while each household has their own private dwelling and garden they also share resources, social activities and responsibilities.

The aims of this development were formed 12 years ago and were rather ahead of their time. Today these aims are even more relevant. There is a growing need for better affordable housing provisions in the county. Larkrise is offering just this along with many other benefits that are in line with Herefordshire’s local plan.

The hearing heard from the director of Larkrise, Avril’s, account of the scheme and also some objections made in relation to Larkrise’ planning applications.

There have been concerns raised by local residents about highways safety and interruption of views. The planning committee were satisfied that Larkrise had done its upmost to address these concerns.

The committee unanimously approved the scheme

For further details please visit Hereford Times for the full article by Carmelo Garcia