Knockroon: a new neighbourhood and mixed use community
Willie Miller Urban Design was commissioned to coordinate and submit an outline planning application on behalf of the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment (TPFBE) for Knockroon near Cumnock in Ayrshire.
The Prince’s Foundation see Knockroon as being an exemplar neighbourhood for Cumnock, East Ayrshire and indeed for Scotland – it is already part of the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative. Knockroon will be a walkable, mixed use community of 770 residential units with associated shops, workplaces, infrastructure, commercial space, community facilities and greenspace. Employment uses will include small workshops and offices for start-up businesses, retail and skills training in association with Kilmarnock and Ayr Community Colleges.
The design for Knockroon has been drawn from a number of sources. The Prince’s Foundation were inspired by the rich architectural and town making tradition of Ayrshire and developed a palette of street, building and landscape types to draw from during the Enquiry by Design. The Prince’s Foundation team worked alongside a number of Scottish architects and the local community to produce a masterplan that reflects regional and local vernacular traditions and materials.
The Outline Planning Application was approved in December 2009. WMUD coordinated a team including Jacobs (EIA), WSP (traffic and movement), HG Planning (planning support) and Nick Wright Planning (consultation).