Pioneering £150 million waterside development granted planning

A £150 million mixed-use regeneration scheme, designed by Assael Architecture and built by Cardy Construction Limited has been granted planning permission. Built on an existing brownfield site, the scheme is located on the edge of Lake Lothing, Lowestoft, Suffolk.

The unique environmentally lead masterplan will deliver the local authority’s aspirations for a new sustainable waterside community that will build on the area’s maritime setting.

The 950,000 sq ft mixed-use residential development will incorporate innovative flood proof housing, a marina to include a state-of-the-art yacht club, a new primary school and commercial centre with cafes and public open space. The scheme has been designed to encourage new wildlife into the neighbourhood and also includes a comprehensive cycle network, along with generous shared amenity space and a new public square at the heart of the scheme.

The development will provide 850 private and affordable new homes comprising terraces, mews, townhouses and apartments, each with varied typologies that respond to their locality within the site.

New homes, along the waterfront influenced by Dutch housing design, will sit on stilts, three meters above ground level making them entirely flood proof. This will also allow new wildlife to flourish in an area that seeks to enhance the natural habitat and bring new species into the neighbourhood.

Natural features including protecting and enhancing rivers, streams, wetlands, ponds and sensitive planting of trees, shrubs and grasses will conserve and promote habitats for local flora and fauna.

Greg Greasley, Director at Assael Architecture, said:

“We have been working closely with Waveney District Council and Suffolk County Council to create a vibrant and highly sustainable community on a brownfield site. This unique waterfront location has generated an exciting masterplan which we look forward to seeing come to fruition.”

The scheme will be the first site to come forward in the Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood, which forms part of the regeneration of Lowestoft and East Lothing District.