Date: Saturday 29th August
Time: 2:45-6:00 p.m.
Location: Whitchurch, Hampshire
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the award-winning, state-of-the-art sustainable distillery in the heart of Hampshire. The Bombay Sapphire Distillery is housed in a 300-year-old former paper mill renovated by Heatherwick Studio, for which JFA conducted the ecological impact assessment.
Guests are invited to go behind the scenes for a special gin cocktail workshop, before exploring the distillery, set in the beautiful natural surroundings along the River Test.
Guests can explore the Heritage Room, glasshouses and Botanical Dry Room before joining the distillery hosts for a tour of the unique Vapour Infusion distillation process in the Dakin Still House. The experience ends in the Mill Bar where every guest receives a complimentary cocktail.
For further details of the event, click here.
JFA originally carried out the ecological impact assessment for the historic mill complex, which subsequently obtained a BREEAM outstanding rating; the first ever such award for a refurbished building and distillery.
Valuable work was carried out to open up ecologically Sensitive River, which had been hidden in concrete culverts. Laverstoke Mill is a site steeped in natural beauty, sitting astride the crystal clear River Test and situated within a Conservation Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).The banks of the river were also naturalised with a reeds and flower beds to enhance biodiversity.
Following our article in July, on the financial contribution proposed for developments located within 6km of international protected areas located in North Kent, we report on two existing local authority policies for developments located within 5km of the Thames Basin Special Protection Area (SPA).
Woking Borough Council’s Thames Basin SPA Avoidance Strategy 2010 – 2015 relates to all planning applications submitted after September 2010. Tariff payments vary according to the dwelling size, ranging from £1,147 per studio flat to £2,492 for a 4 bedroom+ property. These contributions are used in the identification and improvement of suitable alternative natural green space (SANG) and strategic access management and monitoring (SAMM).
There is the option for developers to make provision for alternative open space, which would be assessed against Natural England standards, rather than make a financial contribution. More information on the Woking Borough Council Strategy can be found here.
Elmbridge Borough Council’s Policy CS13 of the Core Strategy prohibits housing within 400m of the SPA. Developments located 400m – 5km will be required to show that proposals avoid any likely significant adverse effects on the Thames Basin SPA by making contributions for SANG and SAMM. Please click here for further information.
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