The practice played a central role in the planning and design of a major new sustainable holiday village in a sensitive location. This included a review of potential development sites, coordination of an EIA, pre-application negotiation, preparation of a landscape masterplan, ecological and arboricultural consultancy, and provision of environmental and sustainability guidance to inform the design process.
After a consultation strategy was drafted, the consultation with public and statutory consultees was facilitated. Input was then provided to the Economic Needs Assessment and the Design and Access Statement which supported the application. It was also necessary to produce a development policy justification and input to a representation on Winchester City Council’s emerging Local Development Framework.
The EIA and design process has been iterative, ensuring that the environmental constraints of the site have been respected and the emerging design has built on the opportunities inherent in the site. The project has benefitted from a creative and innovative approach, ensuring that the unique characteristics and landscape and wildlife value of the woodland can be maintained.