Firm has plans to leave noble mark on old site

Deans Farm impressions
Deans Farm impressions

A SUCCESSFUL egg packing company that has moved into a new home wants to leave a sustainable footprint in its wake.

Noble Foods chairman Peter Dean has submitted a planning application to build a small sustainable community in the Tring countryside.

Located on Dean Farm, the neighbourhood will be made up of 26 homes, which will use renewable energy, insulation and allotments to maximise their green potential, as well as units for small businesses.

The Lukes Lane project will also have cycle spaces as well as garages and will be surrounded by local species of fruit and nut trees.

Even the building materials used will be sourced locally in an attempt to keep the look of the neighbourhood in character with its surroundings.

The development will replace a facility once used for egg packing by Noble Foods.

The multi million pound company, which last year acquired the Gu Puds and Didier’s patisserie, has a history trading from the town since the 1920s.

Mr Dean said: “I’ve been operating a lot of vehicles out of there and now I hope to improve the environment and hopefully it will put something back into the locality.”

He has drafted in Tring architect David Kirkland, of Kirkland Fraser Moor, in Aldbury, to come up with the designs.

Mr Kirkland said: “It’s an exceptional scheme and we have tried to make the whole thing sustainable.

“There will be a good mix of affordable homes and private homes from two bedroom homes to larger six bedroom private houses with paddocks.”

Seven of the units have been allocated for housing association tenants while a further three will be for commercial sale at the lower cost end of the market.

Mr Kirkland said: “All of the properties will be super insulated and larger homes will have solar panels for heating water and south facing conservatories to take advantage of heat from the sun.

“There will be home offices in smaller houses so that people can work from home.”

Other features will include a grow-your-own element in the landscaping as there will be a central allotment for all homeowners, as well as the private ones attached to the gardens of the affordable homes.

Mr Kirkland said: “We have also chosen to use a sustainable method of drainage where water will be drained into a pond feature.”

The plans, which are in consultation, also include four business units in order to retain a certain level of economy at the site.

Mr Kirkand said: “The site used to be a place of employment and it is important to keep that aspect in the area.

“The work units will be ideal for small companies and business that thrive in rural areas.

“The idea of the development is to balance of social, economical and ecological living.”