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Landscape

Project: Proposed residential development of up to 62 dwellings

Land South of High Street, Milton-under-Wychwood

Client: Sharba Homes Ltd

The site is located on the south western edge of Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire to the south of the High Street opposite existing residential development and to the west of the existing properties which line Jubilee Lane. The main site area comprises a broadly rectangular parcel of land immediately adjacent to the existing urban edge to the full extent of both its north west and north east boundaries. Land to the west, and south of the immediate site boundaries and a smaller triangular parcel of land to the south east are also under the applicants control. Internally the proposed development area of the site is characterised by arable crops. While no existing PRoW traverse the proposed development area an existing PRoW lies some way to the south and east of the site.

The Landscape Masterplan incorporates a reduction in the number of proposed units from 70 down to 62, and the relocation of the site access, westwards towards the western site boundary in line with the existing, gated field access. Alongside this, new woodland copse planting, within the blue land, is located to the north west and south eastern areas. Further additional tree, shrub and hedge planting, increased from 5m to 8m width, is proposed to the western and southern site boundaries within open space. 

Landscape

Project: Proposed relocation of an existing landscape business  

Noake Farm, Churchdown Lane, Hucclecote

Client: T.Rimell

Aspect Landscape Planning were appointed to prepare a detailed Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment alongside an Illustrative Masterplan for the proposed relocation of an existing horticultural business within the Green Belt. Aspect Arboriculture were also appointed to prepare an Arboricultural Impact Assessment.

The relocation of the business is necessary to facilitate an approved residential development on land currently occupied by the client.

The application site is located at the existing Noake Farm, Churchdown Lane, Hucclecote, Gloucester which is situated approximately 0.7km north of Hucclecote. The application site currently comprises an established agricultural/equine/haulage related unit with associated buildings and structures in various states of repair, and extensive areas of hardstanding.

The proposed scheme includes the retention and restoration of the existing Coach House property and farm building adjacent to the western boundary, with all other derelict buildings and structures in a poor state of repair and agricultural waste mounds / rubble piles demolished or removed and the site area levelled. The curtilage listed Coach House is to be retained, restored and utilised for residential use and includes a new cart style lodge garage to the east, along with extensive new planting and landscape structure that will separate the residential property and the horticultural business. The restoration of the property and immediate adjoining areas will ensure that the setting of the adjacent Grade II Listed property of The Noake will be enhanced.

Planning issues: Landscape and visual impact, Green Belt development, Grade II Listed property. 

Arboriculture

RAF Daws Hill, High Wycombe

Aspect Arboriculture were instructed to prepare a Arboricultural Impact Assessment and Method Statement for a proposed re-development at the former RAF Daws Hill, High Wycombe. The scheme includes 433 new homes, a village centre and the provision of a site for a new primary school.  

The site is located on the south east urban edge of High Wycombe, approximately 1.5km south of the town centre, set within a framework of existing mature trees. The site is currently developed, having previously accommodated residential and educational buildings associated with the former RAF base.

The site currently supports a large tree population originating from different phases in its use and occupation; this has generated a sylvan character to the site alongside distinct patterns within the tree distribution, age-class and species assemblage. The sites existing tree cover has been surveyed to inform the layout proposals and to quantify the potential for constraints and effects. Over 1000no. trees were surveyed on site.

Planning Issues: Tree Protection Plans to accompany Arboricultural Method Statements for demolition and construction phases; Tree Preservation Orders on site; Assistance with ongoing site supervision.  

Landscape

Proposed Residential Development

Land East of Burghfield Common

Client: Gladman Developments Ltd

Aspect Landscape Planning were instructed to prepare the Design and Access Statement, Landscape Visual Impact Assessment and also involved in the Masterplanning for a proposed residential development for up to 70 dwellings at Burghfield Common. The site is located south of Mans Hill on the eastern edge of Burghfield Common and currently comprises of a large agricultural field. 

The site is surrounded by a network of existing woodland blocks and field boundaries ensuring that the site is visually separate from the wider countryside setting to the east. The proposed green infrastructure aims to ensure that built elements can be successfully integrated within the landscape setting, and ensure that the proposals provide an appropriate transition between the proposed development and the wider countryside.

The proposed development seeks to promote a sensitive and considered development, which relates to the existing urban grain and character of Burghfield Common. Consideration has been given to the scale and layout of the proposals, with the proposed landscape structure and provision of open space seeking to promote a strong green infrastructure.

It is considered that the application site and receiving environment have the capacity to accommodate the proposals. The proposals will not result in significant harm to the landscape character or visual environment.

It has also been demonstrated that the development can be accommodated without significant adverse effect upon the character of the Mans Hill streetscene and the setting of the Grade II listed Culverlands Estate. As such, it is considered that the proposed development can be successfully integrated in this location. It is supportable from a landscape and visual perspective, and meets the landscape requirements of both national and local planning policy.

Issues: Landscape visual impact, Landscape character, Close Proximity to Heritage Site.

Landscape

Project: Proposed 10MW Ground Mounted Solar Farm Development

Langer Lane, Harby

Client: Kappa Solar Ltd

Aspect Landscape Planning Ltd prepared a Landscape and Visual Assessment (LVA) for a proposed solar photovoltaic farm development at land adjacent to Langer Lane, Harby. The site is currently under arable use and cover approximately 19.2 hectares. The site is located within an area of strong field boundaries and an established vegetation framework and as a consequence direct views to the application site from surrounding built up areas are generally not available.

It is considered that the proposals will not materially affect the landscape character of the receiving environment, and whilst it is acknowledged that the proposed development will change the current land use of the site, the proposals will not affect the field structure, topography or vegetation cover that form key characteristic components of the landscape setting of the site.

A Zone of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV) model was prepared as part of the LVA, incorporating a 10km study. This illustrates the theoretical extent of visibility of the proposed solar PV panels and will then inform a number of proposed viewpoints to demonstrate the visibility of the site within the localised and wider setting. 

Issues: Landscape and visual impact

Landscape

Project: Proposed Warehouse/Distribution Centre Development

Land East of Sutton Courtenay Lane and West of Didcot Power Station

Client: Cordea Savills

Aspect Landscape Planning Ltd were appointed to address the landscape and visual matters relating to a proposed warehouse/distribution centre development. The site is located on the north western edge of the urban area of Didcot, east of Sutton Courtenay and west of Didcot Power Station, adjacent to Sutton Courtenay Village. The site is presently occupied by a number of large scale commercial/industrial units.

The proposals comprise of two units with a ridge height of up to 20.39m. The buildings will adopt graduated coloured panels to the elevation, a design solution that has been successfully utilised within other large scale buildings around the UK, assisting in softening the façade and built edges.

A robust scheme of landscaping accompanies the proposals and this has been developed through careful consideration of the site’s sensitivities which have informed both the layout of the buildings and associated areas of hardstanding as well as the soft landscape treatment. Much of the internal existing vegetation will require removal to accommodate the proposals, however, the proposed development will incorporate an extensive scheme of replacement landscaping as mitigation.

Visualisations have been prepared and developed to illustrate how the proposals would look after 10 years following construction. The visuals shows that by this timeframe, the proposed planting will screen virtually all of the northern elevation, softening the built edge and creating an appropriate transition between the urban area and the more rural landscape to the north

In landscape and visual terms it is considered that the proposed layout and associated soft landscape treatment respond well to the local landscape character within which the site is set, recognising and responding to opportunities to create a coordinated, robust green edge to the urban area. Our assessments have demonstrated that the proposed development is able to be accommodated on the site without causing significant harm to either the local or wider landscape.

Planning issues: Landscape and visual impact

Landscape

Project: Proposed mixed use development  

South Quay, Hayle, Cornwall

Client: ING Real Estate

Aspect Landscape Planning Ltd were appointed by ING to prepare hard and soft landscape proposals for a hybrid application for the South Quay and Foundry Yard site for a retail-led mixed use development.

The application site on South Quay falls within the Hayle Harbour townscape area in the Cornwall and Scilly Urban Survey, along with Penpol and Foundry townscape areas. Within the wider landscape beyond these identified areas in the Urban Survey, Lelant Towans lies to the western side of the estuary, and West Hayle Valley to the southwest covering the southern estuary and land around. Hayle Towans lies to the north of the harbour.

The development seeks to provide a foodstore and unit shops, associated car parking, new vehicular access and a raised walkway between the store and the town centre and include improvements to the Quayside and the raising of the site level to accommodate climate change.

The proposed development site lies within one of ten Areas which make up the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hayle Harbour falls within the Port of Hayle site.

Planning issues: Landscape and visual impact, World Heritage site.

Landscape

Aspect Landscape Planning Ltd were instructed to prepare a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment and assist in the landscape design and masterplanning for a proposed re-development at the former RAF Daws Hill, High Wycombe. The scheme includes 433 new homes, a village centre and the provision of a site for a new primary school.  

The site is located on the south east urban edge of High Wycombe, approximately 1.5km south of the town centre, set within a framework of existing mature trees. The site is currently developed, having previously accommodated residential and educational buildings associated with the former RAF base.

The landscape proposals seek to provide over 580 replacement trees across the site as mitigation for those that would be lost as part of the proposals. Public open space will be developed to allow an appreciation of the existing treescape and create immediate, established parkland.

Landscape

Proposed residential development

Land off Southam Road, Radford Semele

Client: Gladman Developments Ltd

Aspect Landscape Planning Ltd were instructed to prepare a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment and a Design & Access Statement for an outline planning application for up to 130 dwellings with associated garages, parking, garden space, road layout, access, new landscaping and extensive public open space.

The site is located on the northern edge of Radford Semele, to the north of Southam Road (A425) and Offchurch Lane. The proposals seek to link with and enhance the existing public right of way network and to create a considered and appropriate transition between the built edge and the wider countryside setting. They also provide extensive public open spaces incorporating play facilities, new landscaping and ecological zones which can be accessed and used by the existing adjoining residential areas as well as the new housing development.

Landscape

Proposed residential development

Land South of Barrowby Road, Grantham

Client: Gladman Developments Ltd

Aspect Landscape Planning Ltd were involved in the Masterplanning and preparation of a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for an outline planning application for up to 300 dwellings with new landscaping and extensive public open space. Aspect were also instructed to prepare a Design & Access Statement.

The site is located on the western edge of Grantham to the east of the A1 and to the south of Barrowby Road (A52). The proposals sought to deliver a high quality, sustainable residential layout which could be integrated into the existing urban edge.