Concept have an established reputation for achieving planning approvals that relate to hard and soft landscape, the environment, green spaces, ecological and/or urban design aspects. As chartered landscape architects we possess a wide range of skills and expertise to navigate the planning system.
We can help you develop optimized and aesthetically pleasing design’s with the necessary landscape detail for local authorities and working with national and local developers and private clients.
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Planning conditions come in slightly different variations but in essence they relate to the external appearance of a site in relation the existing landscape features. They require the landscape design is high quality, sustainable and generally a scheme that will enhance the overall site in the immediate and long term.
Landscape planning conditions can also encompass different elements of the designed landscape. These can include the preservation of existing features i.e trees and hedges and the detail specification of new materials, their design and sustainability of them. These details need to be presented in a way that can be understood but also work in reality and relate specifically to the site context. The conditions can be more stringent if the site is within a conservation areas or for instance close to and area of environmental significance. In all case’s we can advise and work through these items to design interesting spaces around our clients brief while at the same time ticking the boxes of the planning authority allowing building to be lawful.
Other aspects of the external works design that can need attention and depend on the project type are : building regulation Part M ‘Access to and Use of Buildings’, which determines accessibility and gradients into and out of a site. Ecology and Biodiversity paying attention to the surrounding flora, fauna and geological features.
Meeting or achieving the Building Research Establishments BREEAM excellent rating, Building Regs, Code for Sustainable Homes, Lifetime homes in conjunction with working around contaminated land and the planning drainage and groundwater attenuation.