Our landscape architects were appointed by a developer client to prepare a landscape design and a package of information to support a detailed planning submission for this proposed 0.18ha residential development with car parking and a communal play space.
The existing brownfield plot is approximately square in shape and is currently occupied by a commercial business and its associated yard. To the north and east of the plot is the Westmead Road and Carshalton Grove. To the west is an industrial building with associated car parking and to the south are residential dwellings. A bus stop is located on Westmead Road, outside the north west corner of the plot. The site is approximately flat and there are no trees on or adjacent to the plot.
The proposed landscape design provides all ground floor dwellings with private patios; resident parking to the rear of the development with access off Carshalton Grove via the undercroft; and a communal under 5 years play area. The area of residents parking located outside of the footprint of the building is located under a pergola structure with climbers. The intention is to help to reduce the visual impact of this functional area.
An amount of permeable paving was required within our landscape design to accommodate the requirements of the Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) strategy. This was located within the external parking bays.
Play equipment which would facilitate natural play and encourage children to be creative was specified for the under 5 years play area, which also accommodates facilities for the children’s carers. Our landscape architects specified play equipment which would facilitate natural play and encourage children to be creative.
Our landscape architects were also appointed to prepare an Existing Play Provision Assessment to support the planning application for this development. It was based on the guidance set out in the Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) – Shaping Neighbourhoods: Play and Informal Recreation (2012). In addition, we identified the Play Provision Requirements generated by the proposed accommodation schedule associated with this residential development. Our report identified the minimum area of under 5 years play space that would be required to comply with the SPG guidance.
To support the planning application, our landscape architects were tasked with the preparation of Green Space Factor Calculation for this brownfield development. This was based on guidance as set out in Building A Sustainable Sutton: Technical Guidance Notes for Developers.
Landscape Institutes Work Stages: 2 to 3
Client: Caerus Developments
Architect: Caerus Developments