Client: South Derbyshire District Council
Moore Environment carried out a landscape and visual impact assessment (LVIA) on a proposed housing development comprising 48 units with associated access road, garages, parking, landscaping and gardens, on behalf of Bovis Homes.
We also provided advice on iterative development of the landscape scheme for the proposal, appealed at Public Inquiry and presented evidence as an expert witness.
The site, currently residential gardens, is located in a suburban, mainly residential area to the north-west of Swadlincote, Derbyshire and falls within the boundary of the designated National Forest area.
The assessment considered the potential visual impact upon:-
- a public open space bordering the site
- adjacent residential properties
- residential properties further afield with views over the site
The assessment also considered the impact in terms of the overall character and context of the local area.
In response to the initial findings and recommendations of the assessment, previous assessments and comments from the local planning authority, Bovis Homes plc revised the housing layout and landscape proposals to strengthen the boundary features to the site, with the objective of:-
- conserving the existing landscape features and respecting the site topography, utilising the containment and internal features to minimise any potential adverse effects on the surrounding area
- minimising any adverse visual impacts on adjacent receptors
- respecting the character of the adjacent public open space by retaining and strengthening the boundary vegetation
- retaining existing trees and hedges as far as possible.
The final proposals were then taken into account for the detailed assessment which accompanied the planning application and was presented as evidence during Public Inquiry.