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Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre

This image: Watercolour sketch of how Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre could look from Marwood Road.
							 Across the street, the existing shops and flats can be seen, with new trees and grass verges. The Farmhouse
							 can be seen beyond a new outdoor community space with a play area.
							 The map: The map shows a red line around Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre, to the north of Leicester city.

Welcome to this digital case study of the proposed regeneration of the Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre, created on behalf of Leicester City Council for the students of Babington Academy.

Leicester City Council has identified Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre as a priority for investment. It is important to us that any investment will ensure that the Neighbourhood Centre meets the needs of local residents for many years.

Leicester City Council have previously hosted three stages of public consultation with local residents, initially seeking their views on the current Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre, and later asking their opinions on the proposals for the regeneration of the area.

This website will guide you through what we learned from the public consultations and our initial proposals for the Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre. You will then have the opportunity to complete a short quiz at the end.

Deetu · Stocking Farm Introduction
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info Look out for red highlighted text like this - it will indicate interactive features on the map.

If you have any questions or need help, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If these do not answer your question, please raise your hand and ask your teacher.

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Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre

History of Stocking Farm

This image: The image cycles through 5 historic Ordnance Survey
									 maps of Stocking Farm, from 1903, 1915, 1930, 1952 and 1993,
									 showing how the area has changed over the years.
									 The map: The map showed a historic map of Leicester from 1899
									 as it zoomed in towards Stocking Farm, before changing into the 1952 Ordnance Survey map.
									 There are blue map markers, which show historic photos of the local area from the last century.

In previous consultations, many members of the community have submitted vivid memories of how Stocking Farm used to be.

info Watch the above historical maps to see Stocking Farm through the ages. Then click on the map markers to see fascinating historical images of the Stocking Farm Farmhouse, the former Stocking Farm Youth Centre, and St. Luke's Church!

Until the mid-twentieth century, Stocking Farm lay on the city's outskirts, surrounded by open fields. Today's Farmhouse was built at the turn of the 19th century, slightly to the south of the original farmyard and house located where Woodstock Primary Academy stands today.

Deetu · History of Stocking Farm
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A keen sense of community has always been apparent. Did you know that the local community built St. Luke's Church over several years as part of its move from Humberstone Road, with construction starting in April 1961?

However, some later developments around the site have been less unified, resulting in underused areas that do not contribute to their full potential. The following pages explore our thoughts on how this could be addressed.

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Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre
Historic photographs

You said, we did

This image: an aerial photo of Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre today, with the red line boundary superimposed over the top.
										 The map: The map is a bird's eye view of aerial imagery of the Neighbourhood Centre, which is split into shapes of various
										 colours representing how the site is parcelled up in the proposals. The map key below has more information.
										 There are also interactive map markers which describe how the previous engagement feedback has informed these plans.
										 The following sections on the website will provide further detail.

In the second stage of public engagement (October / November 2021), the community told us what was most important to them regarding the regeneration of Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre.

info We have listened to the feedback from the local community and have used it to inform our proposals. Click on the map markers to find out more about our plans!

They told us that:

  1. Modern facilities (focused on Marwood Road) are important to many of the community.

  2. An improved community space to hire and a space to socialise are important to the community.

  3. An outdoor space to come together as a community is important to many residents. Respondents would like to see a children's play area and community garden/wildlife area.

  4. High quality new council homes are important to meet local housing needs. Many people supported the proposed locations, assuming there will be adequate car parking spaces for the new homes.

  5. In addition to adequate car parking, the public's preferences were to see: (A) houses that were appropriate for tenants with accessibility or mobility issues, (B) suitable homes for multiple generations to live in, (C) and for homes to help the environment.

  6. The community would welcome a new pedestrian crossing on Marwood Road to improve safety and connections to Blenheim Way and Woodstock Close.

Deetu · You said, we did
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Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre
Proposed improvements
New traffic calmed street
Improved greenway/footpath
Existing footpath
New homes
Retained buildings
Car park
Community Shop, Community Hall & Outdoor Community Space

Latest proposals for the site

This image: Watercolour sketch of how Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre could look from
								Packwood Road. Beyond a green openspace is the Farmhouse, surrounded by trees and new terraced houses.
								The map: The map now shows a bird's eye view of the architect's sketch, detailing the proposed housing
								layout, with retained and new trees and green verges lining the streets. There are blue map markers
								which provide additional information about the proposals. Read the rest of this section to find out more.

The proposals look to balance the needs for new council housing with the existing community's needs. The first phase has already commenced by turning the former youth centre into a new Community Shop, a community cafe open to everyone and a Community Zone (indoor community space available to hire).

Some of the existing buildings which are either underused or of poor quality will need to be removed, including the community hall, Healthy Living Centre, garages and Best One & Social Club.

The Multi-Use Games Area, whilst well-used in its current location, will not be ideal for residents when surrounded by new housing due to noise issues. We are currently considering other nearby sites for a new ball court facility to replace the current court.

info Click the button below to show the existing uses on the map, and to see what will happen to them! Click on the map markers for more information on the proposals.

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Existing shops and flats to be retained
Existing buildings to be re-used and refurbished
Existing buildings & uses proposed for removal
More information about the proposals

The proposals include:

  • 50 new low energy council homes including accessible flats and family houses.
  • Thermal improvements to existing flats above the shops on Marwood Road, making them warmer and more comfortable.
  • Retention of Stocking Farm Farmhouse, forming a focal point in the scheme.
  • A new road with on-street parking and potential for electric vehicle charging.
  • A new outdoor community space with a play area for younger children (2-8 years), with seating and a wildlife area.
  • Refurbishment of the existing parade of shops on Marwood Road, which will be condensed and given a new modern shop frontage. The existing shop car park will be retained.
  • A new pedestrian crossing on Marwood Road is also proposed to improve road safety for those continuing up the footpath or heading to the school.

Deetu · Current proposals for the site
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Environmentally Friendly

This image: Watercolour sketch showing a proposed new terrace,
								 with trees and spacious on street parking out the front, and a cross-section
								 into the homes, showing a bright and airy interior.
								 The map: The map has rotated slightly to show a 3D view of the site from the south.
								 The map is overlaid with an architect's sketch of how the site will look, with various
								 sustainable design elements highlighted. There are interactive markers, which provide
								 more information on these design elements when clicked on.

The Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre development aims to achieve high environmental standards.

We aim to reduce the site's carbon footprint and reduce the overall reliance on unsustainable fossil fuels (e.g. coal, petroleum, natural gas).

The proposals aim to retain and enhance our natural and green environment by keeping existing trees (where possible) and designing landscapes that create wildlife habitats.

Deetu · Environmentally Friendly
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info Click on each of the information markers to find out more about these elements and to see what we are proposing.

Our approach to re-imagining the Stocking Farm Neighbourhood Centre was to keep as much we could and only build new where necessary.

The parade of shops and the 5 existing flats above it will be improved, keeping shopping local and convenient.

Where existing buildings are being removed, we plan to salvage materials and re-use them on-site wherever possible to avoid the energy and cost of lorries taking materials away.

The existing footpath will be re-surfaced and re-lit to feel safer. New footpaths will link homes to a new pedestrian-friendly road to promote walking and cycling rather than car use when travelling locally for short journeys.

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Building design
Transport & connectivity
Existing bus routes (to remain)
Illustrative path of the sun

What will the houses look like?

This image: A watercolour sketch from above Stocking Farm, showing how the proposals
								 may look from the north.
								 The map: The map shows a corresponding watercolour sketch of the site from the south.
								 Interactive map markers provide more information about the design of the homes, in addition
								 to watercolour street-view sketches from the direction of Packwood Road, Marwood Road, and a
								 cross-section of how the homes may look.

All new homes at Stocking Farm will be council homes, providing for a mixture of families of different sizes and residents with some more specialist needs in-line with the council's housing needs for the area.

The houses and flats are designed to the latest National Space Standards, meaning that rooms are good sizes, are flexible in how they can be furnished and have ample space for storage.

Inside, they will be bright and daylit with generous windows looking out onto a private garden, or balconies where flats have been proposed. Most homes will have a modern open plan kitchen/dining area with a separate living space. Upstairs bedrooms share a good-sized family bathroom.

Deetu · What will the houses be like?
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info Click on the map markers to view street view sketches of the proposals, and to find out more about the houses.

We've given lots of thought to making these homes warm and comfortable with new heating systems whilst keeping energy bills down as low as possible.

They will have lots of insulation in the walls and roof, and triple glazed windows – to contain the heating residents use, for warmth. Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) sit outside the house (instead of a gas boiler inside) and draw warmth from the outside air to provide hot water and heating inside.

A simple ventilation system provides fresh air but does not waste heat to the outside. Rooftop solar panels on all of the south-facing roofs will help to reduce electricity costs further.

On the outside, homes will be in keeping with the area, made with a mixture of familiar new and reclaimed materials-brick, tile, render and wood with coloured doorways to distinguish each home.

Houses are separated from the pavement by a low wall and a front gate with recycling, bin storage and a space for the air source heat pump in front of the house.

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Street view sketches of proposed house designs
More information about the houses

What will the streets look like?

This image: Watercolour sketch of how the new homes may look when
							 viewed from the proposed new central road. There are wide grass verges lining the street,
							 with space for off-street parking and plenty of trees.
							 The map: The map now shows a bird's eye view of the architect's sketch, detailing the proposed housing
							 layout, with retained and new trees and green verges lining the streets.
							 The porposed outdoor community space, improved footpath, proposed new crossing, and proposed central road
							 are all highlighted in different colours on the sketch. There are interactive map markers with more
							 information about the design of the streets and shared spaces, in addition to a marker which shows the
							 streetview sketch along the new central road when clicked on.

Inspired by the existing green verges along road edges that characterise Stocking Farm, new footpaths will have soft planted borders and new trees to create a pleasant green environment and strengthen local wildlife habitats.

Low-level garden walls to the terraced houses will help create a sense of openness whilst ensuring the well-lit streets and pathways are observed and feel safe for residents, whilst helping to maintain a sense of privacy.

New main stairwells will be constructed for the new and existing flats off Marwood Road to provide a safe and well-lit access for residents. Secure bike storage will be provided onstreet for these flats.

info Click the button below to highlight all proposed car parking spaces on the map! Click on the map markers to find out more about the streets.

Careful consideration has been given to parking, attempting to balance the needs of the residents and local community whilst creating a pleasant, safe environment to walk through and live in.

The new central road will contain several parking bays along its length. Additional residents parking will be located within a landscaped area north of St. Luke's Church Hall.

Community open space - a new outdoor community space next to the Community Zone - will be created, with designs to be developed with the community for a playground aimed at younger children (2-8 years), seating and a small community garden and wildlife area.

A new pedestrian crossing along Marwood Road, connecting to the public footpath towards the school creates a safe location for the residents to cross to get to the community space and shops.

Deetu · Street views
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Proposed Outdoor Community Space
Improved footpath
Proposed pedestrian crossing
Proposed central road
Proposed car parking
Street view sketch of new central road
More information about the streets

Take the quiz!

This image: photo of some adults having a friendly discussion.
								The map: the map has zoomed out to show the full site boundary.

You can now complete a short quiz to test everything you have learnt today about the proposed regeneration of Stocking Farm.

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If you need any help, you can always refer back to the information on this webpage, or you can ask your teacher.

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