The Dunkirk Character Area's (view detailed map) current townscape is heavily influenced by the former Sobraon Barracks site with a connected group of open spaces in the centre of the Character Area around a main avenue of mature trees which was the main axis of the parade ground. There is a semi-formal park to the east on the main axis of the former barracks from Burton Road to one of the main barracks buildings; this is now the site of Sobraon Heights. The cricket pitch and football ground to either side of the tree-lined avenue were also open spaces within the barracks. This key axis, with the ‘keep’ building at the other end is now blocked by a fence.

There was later development during the 20th century (mainly RAF housing) and early 21st-century development of houses and apartments on the former barracks site. The area now consists of three largely isolated housing areas, mainly of cul-de-sacs, though newer developments along Dunkirk Road and Cambrai Close provide more of a visual connection. There is a difference in scale and materials between different phases of development; the earlier houses are mainly semi-detached and rows of two storey houses in red/brown brick, some with external wooden panelling painted in pastel colours and generally have little or no decorative detailing on façades. Later development in the area includes apartment blocks up to three storeys in red brick with rendered panels in bright colours and detached houses with ‘neoclassical’ detailing.

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View of Trent View, a landmark building from Somme Close

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.2457, -0.54683)
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: High