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Village Enhancement, Brenchley

Village Enhancement, Brenchley

DA undertook the supporting tree and landscape report for a replacement dwelling on the Kent/ Sussex borders.

Our findings and the sloping wooded valley site allowed BWP Architects to create a split-level plan with home offices that exploits the afternoon sunlight while retaining and managing the longer-term trees and boundary enclosure.

We have worked with BWP on a number of projects including recently a subterranean garage scheme built at Selborne within the SDNP/ Village Conservation Area.

Shared Access, Marlow

In a country park Thames Valley setting near Marlow, DA is negotiating the conversion of waste ground near a water-ski club for a shared parking facility.

While local businesses will utilise the parking during the working day, public access will ensure occupancy at weekends for the local leisure amenities including lakeside green space.

The submission to Wycombe DC includes a detailed metric ecological assessment to comply with the latest government guidance together with a full landscape enhancement scheme including appropriate security lighting. The submission was co-ordinated by Bell Cornwell Planning.

Coach Depot, Takeley

National Express were refused planning for the conversion of a mixed-use light industrial 1.5ha site to a new coach depot at Takeley near Stansted Airport in 2018.

The site lies at the edge of a Countryside Protection Zone and the reasons for refusal were the impact on the countryside and the setting of the adjacent Waltham Hall Barn listed building.

DA, working with Vail Williams Planning, were part of the successful appeal team in 2019 that demonstrated the positive reuse of PDL with the conversion of a former grain store to a coach maintenance workshop.

In addition a comprehensive landscape design and management plan with discreet external lighting unifies the present disparate site uses while enhancing the context of the listed building. When appropriate DA can call upon significant expert witness experience for realistic planning appeal advice.

Oxlease Revisit – Romsey

Oxlease Revisit – Romsey

DA was a member of the successful design team led by Pro-Vision Planning at Oxlease Gardens, Romsey that in 2013 gained approval for a 58 unit residential development on part of the 72 ha overall Test Valley site.

The landowner then gifted the adjacent wetland to TVBC for Fishlake Meadows Nature Reserve.

The completed housing scheme is now built within a strong landscape framework. This includes the Romsey Barge Canal SSSI enhanced boundary margin and the mature native woodland canopy with linking green corridor.

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.

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.

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.

Infrastructure Services

Infrastructure Services – A31 Alton

As the government places more emphasis on infrastructure, developments such as motorists’ services will come under the planning spotlight.  Achieving the correct balance between commercial viability and acceptable siting, design and external appearance is critical in planning success. Working for Lamron (Holybourne) Ltd, DA advised the design team on the proposed A31 motorists’ services on landscape impact and design through public consultation to full planning submission. The illustration by Fibonacci architects shows a terraced layout set within a reinforced landscape envelope.

DA is also involved in infrastructure projects near Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

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