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Green Belt Barn Conversion – Berkshire

The revised NPPF reiterates the importance of maintaining the openness of the Green Belt with redundant building reuse encouraged.

This scheme includes the conversion of a former farm building to residential use utilising the same footprint, curtilage and improved access. The management of the open landscape context was a key element of the detailed planning approval. DA assisted Huntley Planning for a private client.

Charles Roberts Studio assisted with the presentation material to committee.

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.

 

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.

Urban Conversion – Twickenham

Old Lodge Place is a desirable apartment conversion on a split level site near Twickenham station. The former commercial property has been refurbished as high quality apartments with communal parking and landscape gardens set within a mature sylvan setting.

A combination of topiary and natural hard landscape finishes integrate the scheme with the local streetscene.

Rural settlement extension

Chiltern Rise, South Oxfordshire

The provision of appropriate considered design is essential for successful work in planning conservation areas within the AONB. At a sensitive edge of settlement site in South Oxfordshire DA co-ordinated the preliminary tree, landscape and phase 1 ecological reports for Lytle Associates architects to inform the illustrated 25 unit residential development. Mature boundary tree retention together with suitable highways access were key issues that informed the planning application.

Chiltern Rise sketch

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.

 

Backland Development – Teddington

DA provided landscape and ecological advice for an unusual residential development at Teddington. On redundant backland space two units are proposed. In order to comply with the strict planning constraints on overlooking and flood risk the design adopts basement living and garden space. Existing brick retaining walls frame the new sunken water features that incorporate grey water recycling. Green roofs and street level tree/ climber planting are also included to enrich biodiversity in this urban environment. Granit architects have co-ordinated the detailed application to LB Richmond on behalf of Petrow Estates.

Netherby Gardens

DA have completed another successful development for T A Fisher in Bracknell including retained woodland in a managed landscape setting. DA have also been working with the same client on a Listed Farmhouse conversion/ residential development locally and at Newbury on mixed development.

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