Masterplans and Parameter Plans

HDA’s urban design team has masterplanned mixed-use and residential sites for site promotions and planning applications that range from 10 homes to 5,000 homes. We are experienced at at working with areas, densities and ratios, whilst ensuring that we design high quality places.

Illustrative masterplans and site parameter plans are usually established through an iterative process of assessment with input from the client team and engagement with stakeholders. Initial sketch and concept options are tested and refined to establish agreed development principles and parameters.

An understanding of a site and its context adds value by ensuring proposals respond positively to a sites character and features.

project examples


HDA prepared the illustrative masterplan proposals, parameters plans and Design and Access Statement for this mixed-use scheme near Saffron Walden in Essex. This consented scheme will see the redevelopment of the existing employment site for 160 new homes, together with higher density employment uses including redevelopment of the existing builders merchants, light industrial, offices, a …


On behalf of Marchfield, HDA prepared concept masterplan proposals to support the site’s allocation through the Local Plan process; followed by Illustrative masterplan proposals, parameters plans and Design and Access Statement for outline planning. The mixed-use scheme accommodates 750 dwellings; community uses including a primary; retail, office and light industrial employment; and sports pitches. The …


On behalf of Vale of White Horse District Council, HDA is working with stakeholders including the Site Promoters, District, County and Parish Council’s to prepare a Masterplan SPD for this strategic housing allocation in Oxfordshire. The masterplan will accommodate around 4,500 new dwellings, primary schools and a secondary school, sports facilities, parkland and mixed-use local …


Working with ASP, HDA helped Knight Developments achieve a resolution to grant planning permission for this scheme of 103 homes in Wealden District. The site is within the High Weald AONB and within 7km of the Ashdown Forest SPA/SAC. HDA’s inputs included landscape, ecology, masterplanning and expert witness.


On behalf of Redrow Homes, HDA’s long-term involvement in this project included preparation of the masterplan, parameter plans, Design and Access Statement for outline planning, landscape design coding and open space design. Part of the site is marshland, which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Wetland features together with parkland and …


Land north of the Bromham Road, Biddenham is a mixed use development extending over 130 hectares between Biddenham and the River Great Ouse. It includes 1,300 dwellings, a neighbourhood centre, employment land, community and school facilities, a Country Park and nature reserve and the final section of the Bedford Western Bypass. HDA has provided landscape, …