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Heritage Investment, Stowe

Heritage Investment Stowe

It is recognised that long-term management plans for heritage assets are often supported by enabling development. Adaptable land use is also considered to provide options for sustained investment.

The Buckingham Group, a leading UK contracting company, has operated from and managed 211ha of farmland immediately adjacent to Stowe National Park and Garden, a 17th Century Grade 1 Historic Registered Park. As the family business has developed, multiple planning applications adapting two former farmsteads into viable commercial premises have necessitated a careful balance between enterprise and context.

DA has provided the supporting landscape strategy in reports to AVDC, Historic England and the Garden Trust. DLP Planning have co-ordinated the submissions.

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

Village Enhancement, Tilford

Village Enhancement, Tilford

DA provided supporting landscape advice to MCA Architects for this village redevelopment in the Surrey Hills ANOB. Attention to detail in the external and landscape finishes was an important criteria in this Conservation Area.

The design included a converted village store, terraced housing and detached units overlooking the River Wey at the rear. DA has completed a number of projects across the Surrey Hills with MCA.

 

Village Enhancement, Tilford

North Downs View, Leatherhead

North Downs View Leatherhead

Naome Acres is a private property located in the Surrey Green Belt. It lies in a mature parkland setting with views over the North Downs. DA, working with Leigh & Glennie Planning and Studio Indigo architects, has won detailed approval from MVDC for a replacement house with associated parking and access.

On a sloping site adjacent mature trees, a formal terraced design was developed to accommodate ease of access and integrate the key outward views with the site amenity and enhanced biodiversity. DA provide the detailed tree and landscape advice.

Equestrian Relocation – Orange Tree Hill, Essex

A long-established equestrian facility is to be relocated and upgraded at the edge of a village Conservation Area. The existing arrangement includes uneconomic listed barn buildings that are to be converted for residential use enabling the provision of a modern purpose-built centre on a local site. The latter has been carefully designed to minimise landscape impact on the setting of the adjacent country park.

DA provided the detailed landscape planning report submissions for both sites including a suitable landscape strategy that addresses the key land management policy issues.

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.

Estate Management – South Coast

DA assists private landowners to enhance the long term property value as well as exploiting the site character in estate improvements. Projects include listed buildings and grounds where sympathetic restoration is incorporated into the masterplan. The illustration shows a former medieval Chapter House in the grounds of a Sussex Farmhouse that will be refurbished as a family country home.

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Dadford near Stowe

Following the submission of a written appeal DA were part of a successful design team for a discreet courtyard housing redevelopment at Dadford village in Buckinghamshire. The sensitive site lies in an Area of Attractive Landscape and the setting of the nearby Stowe Conservation Area and Grade 1 Stowe Historic Park and Garden.

The inspector commented that ‘the shared courtyard design respected local character, that the contemporary reworking of traditional designs did not detract from local distinctiveness and the siting and landscape design offered filtered views that would over time integrate the proposal with the local environment.’

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