A combination of landscape planning, ecological and arboricultural services which can be engaged singularly or collectively to create a coherent and economical process.
Recent projects...

Landscape

Aspect were involved in the preparation of a Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment in support of an outline residential application on the western edge of Banbury, Oxfordshire. The team also undertook in depth negotiations with the Local Planning Authority in respect of the landscape & visual effects.

The scheme was subject to a number of heritage constraints being located close to Wroxton Abbey Historic Park & Garden, Drayton Conservation area and a number of Listed Buildings. Aspect successfully argued the acceptability of the scheme, whilst promoting a robust landscape and green infrastructure strategy as part of the proposals.

Landscape

Aspect were involved in the Masterplanning and Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment for an outline residential application for up to 107 dwellings at Tewkesbury Road, Bredon. Aspect were also responsible for the preparation of the Design & Access Statement and exhibition material for the public consultation. The site is situated on the south western edge of the village, beyond the defined settlement boundary within a greenfield site. The proposals sought to promote a sensitive and appropriate development approach, incorporating large areas of public open space and a considered development layout in order to create an appropriate transition between the proposals, the wider urban area and the surrounding countryside setting.

Landscape

Aspect were involved in the landscape planning and design for the reserved matters application at RAF Upper Rissington, Gloucestershire. The scheme included 360 dwellings, a new village centre, school, and a number of other uses across the site. The Landscape & Biodiversity Strategy was a key document born out of the Design & Access Statement, to guide the development of a series of open spaces and the provision of a country park. The general landscape principles were established in the Landscape, Ecological and Arboricultural Management Plan (LEAMP) which identified key areas, each with their own biodiversity functions and environmental roles.

Aspect were part of a multi-disciplinary team to establish a high quality setting and sense of place for the built environment, creating a new development within a mature treescape and an attractive place to live. The masterplan illustrates the network of public open spaces and recreational facilities that link together through cycleways and footpaths to provide a landscape framework for the development, with children’s play areas, informal recreation and sport.

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Proposed Mixed Use Development

Aspect Landscape Planning Ltd were instructed to assess the landscape and visual issues, and prepare the strategic masterplan and landscape strategy relating to the comprehensive mixed use redevelopment of Newcastle General Hospital. The original scheme was refused in 2009 following which Aspect were commissioned as part of a new consultant team.

The development includes retail, new medical centre, public realm enhancements and linear parks. The strategic landscape masterplan was developed in conjunction with the design and planning consultant team, and Aspect prepared detailed linear parks and public realm proposals to enhance the existing links and create a robust landscape strategy to integrate the development. The work also included a comprehensive tree strategy and negotiation of the relocation of a listed wall as well as the removal of a number of TPO trees with the key treescape along frontages retained. The linear park and extensive areas of public realm were included as an integral part of the proposals designed to link publically the large open spaces of Nun’s Moor to the north of the existing hospital with the major arterial links along Westgate road and the river.

The extensive mixed use redevelopment of the hospital site was successfully granted approval by Newcastle City Council in January 2011.

 

Planning Issues: Original scheme refused, extensive redevelopment site, landscape and visual impact, public realm proposals and linkages, TPO removals, Listed wall relocation.

Landscape

Proposed Urban Extension

Aspect Landscape Planning Ltd were instructed to prepare a Strategic Landscape Appraisal for the proposed urban extension to the south east of Kenilworth, as part of the need to meet projected residential and employment requirements within the emerging Local Development Framework. The Appraisal involved a detailed analysis of the existing landscape character and visual amenities of the Greenbelt and surrounding townscape in order to ensure there would be no detriment to the Greenbelt proper or visual amenities, and justify the extension to the urban area.

The strategic proposals aim to provide a mixed use development which forms a natural urban extension and integrates with the existing urban grain and townscape. The strategic Landscape Masterplan included open space strategies including formal play spaces as well as designated residential and employment uses.

Planning Issues: Strategic Urban Extension, Greenbelt Location, Land Allocation to meet future housing and employments requirements as part of the emerging LDF, Existing Residential Amenity, Key Vegetation Structure

Landscape

Proposed Mixed Use Development

Aspect Landscape Planning Ltd were involved in the wider strategic masterplan proposals for a mixed use development on a brownfield site of the disused St Oswalds Cattle Market, Gloucester. The strategic urban regeneration project aimed to provide a major retail park, district centre and extensive residential development to meet the future housing needs. The location on the edge of the urban area required careful design and robust landscape buffers to ensure the development could be integrated within the townscape.

Detailed landscape proposals and a landscape and visual assessment for the first phase of the development was undertaken, consisting of the retail park elements which acted as an anchor for the overall development. This was prepared to support the planning application, and the detailed design of the landscape proposals aim to highlight the pedestrian links with the City Centre and also create a high quality environment for the retail park.

Planning Issues: Urban regeneration of brownfield site, townscape impact, strategic proposals for wider mixed use development, pedestrian linkages.

Landscape

Proposed Mixed Use Development

Aspect were instructed to prepare the Landscape and Ecology Chapters of the Environmental Statement to support the comprehensive mixed use redevelopment of the Seaton Regeneration Area. The development includes retail, residential, leisure, public realm enhancements and a visitor centre. The strategic masterplan was developed in conjunction with the design and planning consultant team, and Aspect prepared detailed public realm proposals to enhance the links with the town centre and a robust landscape strategy to integrate the development. A significant constraint included the flood compensation requirement to raise the level of the entire site, and Aspect prepared the Landscape and Ecology Chapters of the separate Environmental Statement for the fill operations. The outline application and fill process for the overall scheme gained consent, following which the detailed application for the retail store and public realm links gained approval in November 2010.

Planning Issues: Visual Impact Upon East Devon AONB, Area of Great Landscape Value and open countryside character. Proximity to World Heritage Site and East Devon Heritage Coast. Impact upon residential amenity. Significant flood compensation requirements.

Ecology

Aspect Ecology were asked by Crest Nicholson to provide ecological input into the competitive bid process in respect of this flagship site at Rochester Riverside being promoted by SEEDA. As part of the bid, Aspect Ecology actively engaged in the design process to bring forward a highly sustainable proposal which fully integrates biodiversity with, in particular, a number of novel design features pursued in order to maximise the value of the masterplan for biodiversity.

The proposal was very well received by SEEDA and Crest Nicholson has been subsequently confirmed as the preferred developer.

Ecology

Aspect Ecology were initially asked to provide an ecological assessment of the Whitworths Ltd site to inform a planning application for the proposed re-development of the site for residential use. Given the location of the site, approximately 750m from the Nene Valley Gravel Pits proposed Special Protection Area (pSPA), further detailed assessment to inform a potential Appropriate Assessment of the proposals in relation to the pSPA was required by Natural England. In order to address this issue, Aspect carried out a detailed analysis of areas of publicly accessible open space within the local area, together with an assessment of the likely impacts of the proposed development on the SPA.

Ecology

The former industrial site has been redeveloped to provide a new food retail store together with a number of light industrial units. Earlier ecological studies highlighted the potential importance of the River that passes through the site for bats and Otters. Accordingly, Aspect Ecology was commissioned by the developer to conduct an assessment of the likely impacts of the proposals on wildlife and subsequently to design a detailed mitigation strategy to preserve and enhance important features for bats, Otters and other species.