Throughout the planning of Jennett's Park, an emphasis has been placed on developing the site with sensitivity to the existing surrounding environment. Housing, community and leisure facilities have been sympathetically located around the area's existing woodland and open spaces, ensuring that they are retained and enhanced for residents to enjoy.
At Jennett's Park, the principles of sustainable development are reflected in several ways:
- The dependence on car use is reduced through the provision of bus connections, the proposed park and ride, as well as the comprehensive network of pedestrian and cycle ways.
- Community facilities, such as the primary school, healthy living/community centre and the retail area, are located close together within easy walking distance of all residents.
- Energy efficient layout proposals and designs are incorporated into the development eg. buildings orientated to maximise sunlight.
- Many buildings will be designed to be flexible to changing needs and lifestyles eg. IT connections and flexible accommodation to encourage home working as well as providing for domestic recycling.
- Conservation of water will also be carefully considered, including the introduction where appropriate of 'sustainable urban drainage systems' (SUDS). These SUDS are designed to channel rainwater into existing watercourses using a series of detention and retention ponds linked by a network of streams.
The developers are also taking into account the close proximity of the development to the Wykery Copse SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). In order to protect this area, water discharge from Jennett's Park will be carefully managed.