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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.

Urban Renewal, Basingstoke

Urban Renewal Basingstoke

Basingstoke Town Football Club has recently moved to a new ground west of the town operated by the Hampshire FA. The former 2.7ha Camrose site is now being redeveloped for mixed-use with care home, apartment and terraced housing around communal green space and shared links to the town centre.

Vertical landscape treatments are utilised together with buffer structure planting in the DA landscape strategy and supporting design statement in the application to BDBC.

Fibonaaci Architects co-ordinated the submission on behalf of Basron Developments.

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.

AONB Innovation – Oxfordshire

AONB Innovation Oxfordshire

Johnson Matthey, the chemicals giant, require a £6m Innovations Centre at their Oxfordshire base in the Chilterns AONB.

DA working with Vail Williams Planning provided the pre-application landscape and ecological surveys and reports for the submission to SODC. These have now informed the architectural design brief for the new centre.

The new statement building will be expected to create a high quality visitor experience and target BREAAM outstanding status.

Sensitive Settlement Edge – Sonning Common

Sensitive Settlement Edge – Sonning Common

Our latest scheme for T A Fisher has been the detailed application for 25 units at Kennylands Road.

The proposal on a west facing, edge of settlement site includes both affordable and market housing with LAP play facilities. Boundary treatment was carefully considered reinforcing existing shelterbelts, respecting neighbouring privacy while enhancing distant views in the AONB context.

DA also provided a long term landscape management plan to support the detailed application. Pro-Vision Planning co-ordinated the submission to SODC.

 

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.

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.

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