Aspect Landscape Planning case studies

Recent case studies from the Aspect Group

Land East of Sutton Courtenay Lane and West of Didcot Power Station

* * Click to enlarge * *

Client: Cordea Savills

Project:

Project: Proposed Warehouse/Distribution Centre Development

Land East of Sutton Courtenay Lane and West of Didcot Power Station

Client: Cordea Savills

Aspect Landscape Planning Ltd were appointed to address the landscape and visual matters relating to a proposed warehouse/distribution centre development. The site is located on the north western edge of the urban area of Didcot, east of Sutton Courtenay and west of Didcot Power Station, adjacent to Sutton Courtenay Village. The site is presently occupied by a number of large scale commercial/industrial units.

The proposals comprise of two units with a ridge height of up to 20.39m. The buildings will adopt graduated coloured panels to the elevation, a design solution that has been successfully utilised within other large scale buildings around the UK, assisting in softening the façade and built edges.

A robust scheme of landscaping accompanies the proposals and this has been developed through careful consideration of the site’s sensitivities which have informed both the layout of the buildings and associated areas of hardstanding as well as the soft landscape treatment. Much of the internal existing vegetation will require removal to accommodate the proposals, however, the proposed development will incorporate an extensive scheme of replacement landscaping as mitigation.

Visualisations have been prepared and developed to illustrate how the proposals would look after 10 years following construction. The visuals shows that by this timeframe, the proposed planting will screen virtually all of the northern elevation, softening the built edge and creating an appropriate transition between the urban area and the more rural landscape to the north

In landscape and visual terms it is considered that the proposed layout and associated soft landscape treatment respond well to the local landscape character within which the site is set, recognising and responding to opportunities to create a coordinated, robust green edge to the urban area. Our assessments have demonstrated that the proposed development is able to be accommodated on the site without causing significant harm to either the local or wider landscape.

Planning issues: Landscape and visual impact