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Integrated Design Lake View House, Kent

Integrated Design Lake View House, Kent

In the High Weald AONB any new development should fully consider the existing valued context. A new home has been carefully designed on the 2.75 ha edge of settlement site. The former tanyard has been managed by the family client for over 30 years with bio-diversity improvements including the establishment of an arboretum, creation of a fishing lake utilising a natural spring and recycling former railway tracks for rough grazing. 

The proposed dwelling is integrated into the south facing slope with passive energy design. Externally the new build siting, form and finishes together with the wider landscape investment will provide long-term benefits to the local environment.

DA provided the critical landscape assessment report with 3D visualisation supporting Phi Design and Build and Prospective Planning. 

DA is working on many sensitive planning sites across southern UK where a special case must be made for successful outcomes.

 

lake view plan

Suburban Apartments, Purley

Purley apartments

The Croydon Council housing intensification policy guided DA and the successful design team for the 7 unit apartment scheme for The Purple Pepper Partnership.

The application led by WSPA exploited the significant site topography while respecting the local street pattern and mature tree canopy.

DA provided landscape and tree protection advice in a scheme that included communal allotments and play space.

We continue to work with WSPA on a number of projects across the south-east in the residential/ leisure and private sectors.

Weybourne Extension, Surrey

Weybourne Extension

Working for Lamron Developments DA provided the landscape strategy for a 132 unit mixed residential development on a 4.3ha site near Farnham. 

The landscape submission included significant street tree planting with greenspace linked by public footpaths to play spaces, open amenity spaces and boundary marginal habitat improvements. The submission to Waverley BC is being co-ordinated by Bell Cornwell Planning with Harding Rose Architects.

The Glasshouse, Basingstoke

The Glasshouse Basingstoke

This high specification office development lies in a prominent location at the edge of the established Basing View business district. 

The passive energy 7 storey development includes communal conference facilities, gym, café and terraced roof gardens with significant vertical landscape treatment around the basement parking zone. 

DA worked with Fibonacci Architects and Woolf Bond Planning for Fishron Properties Ltd.

Enhanced Streetscene, Reigate

This 2 unit development for a private client has a restricted driveway access amongst a mature street tree screen.

DA provide detailed landscape and tree reports to support the successful application to Reigate & Banstead BC. These included detailed tree root protection for the new services connections within the tree management works.

 

 

reigate streetscene

 

Settlement Edge, North Cheam

Set in a mature residential area with prominent street trees this ‘arts and crafts’ style development respects the suburban fabric while adding contemporary design that enriches the local landscape character.

DA provided landscape and bio-diversity enhancement while assisting Planning Resolution and Flower Michelin architects for the detailed application. The scheme has now been built out and occupied.

Valued Landscape, Poynings

Valued Landscape Poynings

National Park Authorities correctly require the design of new development to fully consider the existing valued context.

The proposed development scale, architectural siting, form and finishes should fully respect and enhance the immediate landscape setting. Settlement edge locations below panoramic public viewpoints face greater scrutiny because of their prominence.

Full consideration of the dark skies planning policy and other special constraints were key to the replacement dwelling design at Poynings within the SDNP. DA provided the critical landscape assessment report supporting Koru Architects and Prospective Planning.

DA is working on many sensitive planning sites across southern UK where a special case must be made for successful outcomes.

 

Valued Landscape Poynings CAD

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.

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