Little Haldens Square
Little Haldens Square is the centre of gravity and focal point of the new settlement; it draws together a suite of community services and facilities organised around an attractive, cosy, public square, bringing life to the community. The Square also serves as the gateway to Little Haldens Park and the valley which will will become a wonderful new public and ecological resource for the town.
At 70x metres in length and 40x metres across, lined with soft edges, active frontages and commercial, social and cultural activities - especially along its south-eastern edge - the Square provides an attractive holding place. People can stop for coffee before or after dropping their children at nursery or school, collect life’s essentials from the General Store, enjoy a snack or meal in the café or restaurant, enjoy the summer cafe in the pergola in the park, participate in a community festival or other event, visit friends or relatives, rent a desk in a co-working space. In this way, Little Haldens is much more than a housing development. It is a place that is designed to host and grow an active community and support more environmentally sustainable ways of living with people not needing to leave by car or other mode of travel to fulfil daily needs.
Collectively, these moves reinforce the low carbon credentials of the place, minimise local pollution, will improve social interaction and reduce impact on the local highways network. The square will also serve people who want to visit the valley to enjoy the park and its regenerating landscape. It will help give the new development an even stronger identity and sense of place.
To further animate the square and help provide the economic underpinning it needs, a range of different homes are also provided here, from open market and affordable apartments, to co-housing and assisted living.