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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.

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

MOD land disposal

MOD land disposal

Masterplanning larger scale projects place importance not only on exploiting existing site assets, but also links with the local community. Acting for Inland Homes plc, DA assisted on the redevelopment of a redundant RAF base near Leighton Buzzard. The proposal included 170 units of mixed residential units with a neighbourhood community centre, local park and nature reserve with links to the local footpath and transport network. Working with BM Architects the design included a landscape strategy, detailed design and 5 year management plan. Planning approval was granted in Spring 2015 with phased construction by third parties anticipated until 2018. DA is involved on a number of masterplanning projects including restored gravel workings, mixed leisure and commercial development and a new garden village adjacent SSSI wetland habitat.

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Commercial Redevelopment Prospero, Redhill

With the government’s ‘right to buy’ initiative and the latest NPPF planning policy, the need for potential development land to be effectively promoted is essential to win planning support. DA is actively involved on a number of masterplanning sites with public meetings and exhibitions used to engage with the local community. The feedback on environmental issues then informs the most appropriate design.

Current outline planning projects extend from Essex to Gloucestershire including the 120 unit Farnham residential proposal with HR Architects illustrated. DA was part of the successful design team to gain approval for the 74ha site that included 64 new units at Oxlease Farm, near Romsey. This project includes the SSSI former Barge Canal and securing environmental enhancement in the Test Valley.

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Sutton Point

Based around a new transport hub, Sutton Point is a mixed development that demonstrates the Mayor of London’s initiative for sustainable urban regeneration. On a vacant site adjacent Sutton station the proposal will include mixed retail, commercial, leisure and residential space around a new pedestrian plaza.

DA assisted PRC architects in the scheme design and the creation of an exciting and vibrant public realm to bring a sense of place and visual separation from the busy traffic flows. Visitors will have direct access to the new plaza from the proposed Croydon tram link extension. Residents will also benefit from roof gardens in this low energy development. A decision is anticipated on the detailed application made by CNM Estates/ Carrigmay Developments from LB Sutton later in 2013.