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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.

Backland Basement – Teddington

Five years after the original application and subsequent negotiations with LB Richmond DA is pleased to note the final approval on appeal of an unusual 2 unit residential scheme. The design on redundant rear garage land includes basement living and garden space to address the key neighbourhood overlooking issues.

Green roofs, street tree planting and permeable paving are included to meet biodiversity and sustainability criteria. Granit Architects co-ordinated the submission and appeal for Petrow Estates with DA providing ecological and landscape planning advice.

Urban Renewal – Wimbledon

DA provided supporting tree and landscape advice to CF Architects for this building conversion at Fennies, Wimbledon.

This mixed-use development includes a new day nursery with apartments above along with streetscape improvements. DA has completed a number of projects across the south-east for this client.

Redundant land re-use – Courtlands Farm, Surrey

Another Green Belt success has seen the granting of detailed planning permission at this former munitions factory on the Surrey North Downs.

The reinforced green envelope and associated long term management plan will assist with the integration of the residential development into the local landscape character. DA working with WS Planning and Architecture co-ordinated the landscape planning reports. Construction is anticipated to commence in 2019.

 

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.

 

Positive Regeneration – West Berkshire

On behalf of Central Corporation Securities, DA has supported the application for 130 dwellings on land severed by a transport corridor at Theale. The positive reuse of fragmented agricultural land for limited development has been encouraged by the NPPF. The landscape strategy includes a significant ecological wetland zone linking with the nearby Pang Valley together with other connections to local green space and village amenities. DA was recently part of the same successful design team working with BM Architects to win approval for a 325 unit lakeside development for this client.

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

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.

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.

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.

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