Development: Earls Green
Developers: Stewart Milne Homes
Location: Troon, South Ayrshire
Earls Green is a residential development which sits comfortably in the wider landscape, drawing key character features into the development through its design of landscaping at the street and neighbourhood scale. This gives Earl Green a strong sense of place and it has been accredited with the Building with Nature Award to recognise its exemplary approach to delivering high quality green infrastructure as standard, throughout the development, including in and around both market-value and affordable housing plots.
Stewart Milne Homes demonstrate a leader advantage in the Scottish development context, illustrating a commitment to delivering high quality green infrastructure, and consequently the range of benefits for wildlife and people that this confers, from the planning stage, right through to implementation and arrangements for management and maintenance.
This is essentially what the Building with Nature approach to planning and development champions, and we are delighted to award Stewart Milne Homes at Earls Green as an early adopter of the benchmark in Scotland.
In the planning requirements for the site at Troon, South Ayrshire Council identified a number of green infrastructure features which should be retained, protected and enhanced. The Masterplan prepared by Stewart Milne Homes has successfully achieved the following in line with this vision: protecting the Barassie Burn corridor and Struthers Burn; including structural planting at Southern edge to retain separation between Troon and Loans Village; ensuring accessibility of the development, particularly to local schools; optimising connectivity throughout the development by utilising an active travel network between key ‘village green’; and creating a corridor for wildlife and recreation use around the outside of the development.