Lightmoor Urban Village, Telford

In the latter part of the nineteenth century the Cadbury family created a village in thesouthern outskirts of Birmingham for their staff in their chocolate factory. Bournville was to become a model village containing what was, at the time, novel and innovative features such as apple trees in each garden and the provision of internal washing, laundering and toilet facilities.

Bournville is run by the Bournville Village Trust, a charitable trust still run by the Cadbury’s family who have been looking for a number of years to create a new Bournville for the new millennium.


CampbellReith was appointed jointly with urban designers Tibbalds Monro to develop this new Urban Village on 260 acres of an area in Telford in Shropshire. The site, although superficially rural, has an intense history of part industrial use which has left a legacy of mineshafts, minespoil, pollution and a rich industrial heritage containing ancient trackways, canals and industrial buildings.

CampbellReith was responsible for the design of a Sustainable Drainage (SUDs) solution for the development. Different features were considered: the existing Greenfield environment and developed system of source control, pollution control, infiltration and attenuation devices that mimicked the existing drainage characteristics of the area.

Construction of a network of primary surface water drainage  was completed and included a number of infiltration trenches, infiltration blankets and ponds with the final discharge into the Lightmoor Stream. The Outline Planning Application for the development in 2003 is considered to be the first in the UK that was supported by a Drainage Impact Assessment (DIA) for the drainage masterplan, using examples employed in Scotland.

CampbellReith carried out a full suite of services in support of outline planning application for this 1500 homes site.

Services: Civil, Environmental, Highways & Transport

Sectors: Regeneration, Residential