Housing delivery programme

Duncombe Barracks development site

The Duncombe Barracks site was purchased from the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association in August 2019. The site is 0.66 hectares and located on Burton Stone Lane in Clifton ward. The vision for the site is to provide high-quality Passivhaus certified new homes which meet the housing needs of our residents. We hope to deliver a sustainable community with a mix of affordable and outright sale homes and excellent outdoor spaces along with sustainable travel routes into the city centre.

Current proposal

The Duncombe Barracks site is currently planned to be 30-35 homes with a mix of 1 bedroom flats and 2, 3, and 4 bedroom homes, comprising of the following tenure mix:

  • 20% social rent
  • 20% shared ownership
  • 60% outright sale

The development is planned with sustainability at its heart with low car parking and an emphasis on excellent travel routes for cycling and walking as well as cycle storage facilities. The site offers both natural play spaces for children along with communal growing areas and a relaxing recreational space in front of St Luke’s church. Engaging with local communities has been key to developing the plans and will continue to be central to the design process.

A site outline of the Duncombe Barracks siteAn alternative plan for the Duncombe Barracks siteA view of the planned Church Square A view from the green space in Duncombe Barracks.An activity board with notes from participants of the interactive sessions A board of post it notes from participants of an interactive sessionA group of attendees discuss the plans for Duncombe BarracksA couple discuss the model plans for Duncombe BarracksA presentation of the proposed plans for Duncombe BarracksAttendees walk around the site of Duncombe Barracks


Stage A – High level design appraisal

  • engagement with the neighbourhood and communities
  • meet the design team, 2 October 2019 at St Luke’s Church
  • a drop in session to discuss our initial site analysis work with local people and learn more about the area and its history with those who know it best.

We were really keen to share our aspirations for the site and ensure the local community supported this vision.

Stage B – Refining the Design Brief

  • engagement with the neighbourhood and communities
  • full day interactive workshop, 16 November 2019 at St Luke’s Church - a detailed design workshop comprising of briefings from the design team in the morning followed by a hands on modelling session in the afternoon with inspirations from over 200 drawings provided by the children at Clifton Green Primary School.
  • midway design review, 27 February 2020 at St Luke’s Church - a drop in session to share with local people the progress of our designs and get additional comments and reviews to better inform our plans

Stage C – Concept Design and Planning Application proposal

  • engagement with the neighbourhood and communities
  • online consultation arranged due to covid19, March-April
  • pre-planning consultation - external display on site and online consultation, August to September


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