We were appointed as landscape architects by a developer client for this proposed 114 unit, 3.2ha residential development located at the edge Green Belt. We initially prepared a landscape design masterplan for discussion and the approval of our client and the design team. Once the general principals of our landscape design were agreed we proceeded with the production of landscape architect’s information to support a detailed Planning submission. Our information consisted of a landscape masterplan drawing and a landscape design statement which described our landscape proposals in detail.
The proposed built form for this residential development is of a low density, with each residential unit having access to a private rear garden. The landscape design for the majority of the public realm within the site adopts the principals of ‘Home Zone’, with carriageway and footway being on the same level. This design principal encourages vehicular traffic to move slowly and to give the pedestrian priority. In addition, the slower traffic speeds will also enable and encourage safe doorstep play.
Three community pocket parks are accommodated within our landscape architect’s site wide masterplan. Two of the parks have dedicated play areas integrated into their landscape design. The play equipment contained within the parks are in the form of both informal and formal items. The suitability of the play equipment catered for a range of ages.
Generally, each residential unit frontage accommodates one parking space, pedestrian access to the property and boundary planting. The intention being to provide each property with a zone of defensible space. In addition to the dedicated parking, there are other small blocks of unallocated parking throughout the site.
As this site directly abuts Green Belt land the Local Authority was particularly sensitive about the existing trees on and abutting the site boundary. Therefore, the root protection areas of trees to be retained around this site were carefully considered by our landscape architects so as to minimise the potential impact of this development on their health.
Landscape Institutes Work Stages: C to D
Client: Inner London Group