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Special Battle – East Sussex

With the revised NPPF placing greater protection within AONB any proposed development must demonstrate ‘exceptional circumstances’ to win planning approval.

Battle Abbey School is an established boarding school requiring local indoor sport facilities and has an option to acquire a suitable south-west facing site on the edge of the existing town settlement.

The sports hall proposal by ATP architects with a curved amorphic green roof and parking area set into the terraced design has received favourable community support and a detailed application to Rother DC is anticipated before the new year. DA has undertaken the landscape impact assessment with supporting strategy.

DA is also working on other sensitive planning sites in southern UK.

Football Focus – CB Hounslow

After a lengthy funding process and achieving full planning approval, the new CB Hounslow FC sports centre opened earlier this year. DA working with WS Planning provided the masterplan that includes a new ground and junior playing fields around a central clubhouse with associated parking. The enhanced public footpath network now extends around the local wetland green space, riding and national gym centres. Project supporters included the Football Foundation, Mayor of London and the DCMS.

 

Suburban Conversion – Woking

Woodham Lodge was a former cookery school set within mature grounds near Woking. The listed building has now been converted and extended to provide a popular children’s day nursery. DA provided supporting tree and landscape planning advice and is working on other sites for Fennies Ltd across the south with CF Architects.

Major School Development – Hampshire

Alton School is embarking on a major development programme on a south facing heavily wooded site. This will include new teaching, boarding and sports facilities including an indoor tennis centre and 4G pitches. A central social hub will be created around the refurbished Manor House with improved parking all to be set within the managed wooded setting. DA are working with MVL architects on the new masterplan providing the key tree and landscape advice.

A detailed application is anticipated in Spring 2018 with significant construction planned for autumn 2019.

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

Godstowe School – High Wycombe

Godstowe School lies in a wooded south facing setting above High Wycombe. The development programme includes a new sports hall, staff parking and outdoor sports facilites in a terraced design. DA advised on tree protection and landscape planning issues.

 

Surrey Research Park

DA continues its established links with The University of Surrey and has recently completed the landscape design and special tree protection works for the Kepler Building, SSTL’s new technical facility. The practice has been retained at the Surrey Research Park on a refurbishment programme for the neighbouring Detica IT unit.

On behalf of the building lessee Black Rock UK Property Company remodelling works have been undertaken to the landscape framework to incorporate significant additional parking and other site improvements within the established Park character. DA has also undertaken feasibility studies for environmental improvements on the main University campus pedestrian routes.