In the 2022 revised plan for Springfield Orchard there are many outdoor communal areas, significantly more than in a typical housing development - private or affordable.
We hope that the residents will be keen to interact with each other and become good neighbours, sharing growing tips together at the allotment, fruit picking in the Orchard or watching their children explore the play area.
In our previous plans we had included a community hub building, which was going to include a hot desk area, a meeting space and a guest suite, but we have had to lose this. Over the last two years, our priorities for Springfield Orchard have changed. And now the project is very much focussed on being able to provide sustainable and affordable homes for local people who have been waiting on the housing list, some for years. If we had decided to proceed with the community hub, it would have pushed up the project costs which would have impacted on the potential tenants. It was a very hard decision, but we felt it was best for the local community, when there are in fact already excellent community facilities just up the road at the Clay Factory.