URBAN EXTENSION + LANDSCAPE INTEGRATION
This steeply sloping green field site posed a number of landscape challenges that EA overcame along with SCARP Landscape Architecture Ltd. LVIA and landscape design inputs were provided to include ancience woodlands, hedgerows, ponds and water courses into the masterplan. The scheme incorporated extensive areas of open space with a proposed multifunctional Green Infrastructure (GI) network. This GI network would provide a landscape setting for the built development areas, access, connectivity, leisure and recreation, biodiversity provision and water resource management and flood attenuation. The sensitive integration of the proposed built form into existing rural views and landscape character was achieved through creative master planning and sensitive building design, including conservation of the existing well-treed ridgeline, provision of a robust structure of tree planting belts, the sensitive distribution of open space in the more visually exposed parts of the site and provision of a well-defined, vegetated edge for the built development areas.