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Sustaining Local Character – Surrey Hills AONB

On the Hampshire/ Surrey border an application is being submitted for 9 houses on a well-screened, sensitive site near Grayshott. The clustered layout with significant green enclosure is designed to compliment the local settlement pattern. Special care has been taken with tree protection, ecological enhancement and visual impact considerations. DA assisted MCA architects with the formal submission to Waverley BC.

Employment Gateway Hampshire

Locating viable employment sites has become an issue for many local authorities. Outside general market economics, DA frequently supports clients to resolve site-specific issues. These include finding sustainable locations that satisfy landscape planning criteria. Design constraints include building scale and siting, visual impact , SUDS drainage, highway and landscape engineering.

DA recently worked with KMN (Alton) Ltd on a proposed extension to an established industrial park where the Town Council is supportive of gateway development.

Lakeside Settlement – West Berkshire

On a former gravel working near Theale, DA has been a key design team member creating a comprehensive development that enhances the natural assets. The BM architect’s masterplan focuses on the inner lake with a diverse 325 unit housing mix set within a reinforced landscape framework. On behalf of Central Corporation Securities a new lakeside walk will link communal open space including a wooded nature reserve, playspace, formal terraces and public viewing areas. Provision for the local anglers club will continue and footpath /cycle links will connect to the existing village and local amenities.

DA is also working on other masterplanning projects in southern UK.

Greenbelt Redevelopment – Courtlands Farm, Surrey

The Metropolitan Green Belt is over 50 years old and the government is therefore reviewing its value in current planning policy. Positive reuse of redundant Green Belt sites is now actively encouraged by Planning Authorities. DA is actively working on a number of these sites including a former munitions factory where the residential proposal utilises the existing topography and landscape envelope. The layout also respects the sensitive local setting and heritage value. Working with WS Planning and Architecture a decision is anticipated on the detailed application on the 9 unit development in early 2017.

Local Plan Promotion – Pang Valley Berkshire

Achieving sustained planning success by making special cases in sensitive locations is a feature of the DA project portfolio. The illustration by OSP Architects depicts courtyard replacement development for a redundant agricultural site.  The proposal at Stoneham Farm is located at the edge of the North Wessex Downs AONB and is abutted by TPO woodland. Working with Tim North Associates Planning, DA advised on tree protection and landscape strategy. A landscape and woodland management plan was provided together with a visual impact study taking account of the local public footpath network and the topographic sensitivity. Work continues in the Green Belt, South Downs National Park, Conservation Areas and other constrained areas in the southern UK.

Commercial Improvements – Reading

Pulleyn Transport is an established global transport company operating from its Reading headquarters. An application for new warehousing, offices and parking with entrance improvements has been made to Wokingham BC co-ordinated by Woolf Bond Planning. The illustration by The Harris Partnership Architects shows how the realigned entrance will be enclosed by retained mature trees with skilful ground modelling around the proposed parking. DA provided the tree and landscape planning reports. Subject to full planning approval construction is programmed for completion 2018.

Development in listed parkland

Broadmoor hospital

The former nurses’ teaching site was rendered surplus as part of the Broadmooor redevelopment programme. Mature trees were a key constraint on this sloping wooded site. DA provided supporting detailed tree protection with landscape proposals for the replacement housing scheme set in the grounds of listed parkland. The scheme for Pye Homes Group was completed in spring 2015.

School Hill Broadmr

Special Case Planning – Surrey Hills AONB

Achieving sustained planning success by making special cases in sensitive locations is a feature of the DA project portfolio. The illustration depicts farmstead replacement development in the Surrey Hills AONB granted detailed approval Spring 2014. Working with WS Planning and Architecture, DA advised on landscape impact adjacent to a Listed Parkland setting providing a detailed strategy and visualisation with Earth Productions.
A landscape management plan was also provided to integrate the proposal. Completion is anticipated autumn 2015.

Work continues in the Green Belt, South Downs National Park (inset photo), Conservation Areas and other constrained areas of the southern UK.


Commercial Redevelopment Prospero, Redhill

With the government’s ‘right to buy’ initiative and the latest NPPF planning policy, the need for potential development land to be effectively promoted is essential to win planning support. DA is actively involved on a number of masterplanning sites with public meetings and exhibitions used to engage with the local community. The feedback on environmental issues then informs the most appropriate design.

Current outline planning projects extend from Essex to Gloucestershire including the 120 unit Farnham residential proposal with HR Architects illustrated. DA was part of the successful design team to gain approval for the 74ha site that included 64 new units at Oxlease Farm, near Romsey. This project includes the SSSI former Barge Canal and securing environmental enhancement in the Test Valley.


Urban Infill – Berkshire

DA provided supporting tree and landscape reports for the courtyard housing scheme set in the grounds of a Listed Building now converted to mixed use. Space for adequate tree protection was a key constraint for the scheme completed by Aquinna Homes in Spring 2014.


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