Ermine East Estate

Overview

The majority of the current townscape of the Ermine East Estate Character Area (view detailed map) dates from the construction between around 1950 and 1972 of local authority housing. This has resulted in a largely uniform townscape. There is a street pattern of very curved, mainly residential streets that often loop back on themselves and with noticeably fewer cul-de-sacs than neighbouring Ermine West Character Area. Most of the housing was built in a Modernist-influenced style with little or no external decorative detailing, mainly in red or yellow brick. The housing is mainly two storey and semi-detached with some rows of two-storey houses, bungalows and three-storey apartment blocks. There is a pocket of distinctive bungalows in the south of the area around Aubourn Avenue that have a distinctive roofline.

The central green space in the character area, although not publicly accessible, is overlooked by houses. There are three groups of civic buildings, all set on their own plots back from the footway. It is very difficult to move across the area and there is only one road access in eastern, western and southern directions and no axial routes across the area. A common characteristic throughout the area are the footpaths that run along the front of buildings on the other side of a wide grass verge away from the road. There is a ‘village green’ style layout of houses in many places, e.g. Broxholme Gardens with the houses laid out around a central grassed space.
 
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View of semi-detached and rows of red-brick two-storey properties along Laughton Way that were built as part of a large development of local authority housing between around 1950 and 1972.

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.24985, -0.5297)
Character Area Type: Residential
Location: Outer suburbs
Predominant Period: Post-war (1946 to 1966 AD)
Secondary Period: Modern (1967 to Current day)
Average Building Type: Terraced
Average Building Density: Medium