Our architect Emmett Russell Architects, whose designs for this wonderful village won an international competition up against more than 100 entrants, deserves so much of our thanks for delivering plans of which we can all be proud.
(You can see the full brief here.)
The Emmett Russell designs were put out to a wide consultation. Already the clear favourite among local residents, the plans also went before a panel of experts at the Design Commission for Wales, that praised the development for: ‘…the strong, positive vision and strategy for the long-term development of the village and an attitude of stewardship. The architects similarly show a clarity of narrative and philosophy of design’.
We can’t wait to get started. Fast forward three years and the first phases of this development will be complete. By then we could have more people, including young families, living, working and playing right here in the village than have been for more than 50 years. In fact, we could have more families here than in living memory, enjoying the amenities (a busy shop, pub, village hall, church, fibre-broadband connected offices, football and cricket club, to name a few) that have been kept going by this incredibly strong community.
"We hope our expanding community can demonstrate to others that a rural way of life, protected by busy, working rural centres such as Lawrenny is part of the future of the countryside, not of a past."
Lawrenny should be a place in which to live and work. That is the principle on which it grew over hundreds of years, and the vision that’s embodied in the Tom Russell plans. Just when small villages (particularly ones in National Parks such as this) were hollowing out and losing the amenity they need to be sustainable, this one fought back.
We hope our expanding community can demonstrate to others that a rural way of life, protected by busy, working rural centres such as Lawrenny is part of the future of the countryside, not of a past.
There’s more on the background to this planning application to come, and on progress as it is made on the new development. Don’t forget to register with us if you want to be kept up to date with what’s happening and to get in touch if you have any questions.