Key Issues JFA Environmental Planning were commissioned to review a previously submitted Landscape and Visual Impact Appraisal which accompanied a planning application for the high profile Athlone House development close to Hampstead Heath.
The development lay within Camden Council’s Highgate Conservation Area and within Metropolitan Open Land. The main issue to be addressed were the effect of the proposed building on the character of the surrounding area. JFA Environmental Planning also acted as expert witness at the planning inquiry.
Project: Brown Roof Design Client: LTG Real Estate Deliverables:
Phase 1 Habitat Survey
Phase 2 Species Survey
Brown Roof Design
Detailing of 5 year site management
JFA worked with the design team to produce working drawings to meet the changing requirements of the roof through the design and planning process. The design of the roof can affect colonisation and biodiversity. The provision of a variety of substrates allow for differing species, aspect, rubble gardens and slopes all have an increased affect on biodiversity. The Templeback development is currently under construction, and will be finished within the year.
The creation of a brown roof which provides an ecologically important landscape within the built up urban environment. Micro-topography has been considered throughout this design. Other features for insects and nesting birds have also been incorporated into the design.
Project: Mixed Development
Client: PGL Travel Ltd
Historic Landscape Report
Landcsape Visual Appraisal
JFA were commissioned by PGL Travel Ltd to provide a Historic Landscape Report and Landscape Visual Appraisal for extensions and alterations to their activity centre near Liddington, Wiltshire. These will inform the development of the site master plan and respond to the planning submission requirements of Swindon District Council. The proposals had no impact on landscape character and brought some improvements to the character by means of renovation of out of character buildings and the addition of landscape planting in keeping with the context of the site. Historic Features were left undisturbed and conserved, and continuing management is in place to ensure their conservation.
Project: Land off Horsham Road
Client: Crest Strategic Projects
Protected Species Survey
JFA was commissioned by the client to undertake an Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey, which assessed the habitats and plant species present as well as establishing the potential for protected species. Bats were the main cause for concern on the site, so tree emergence surveys were conducted to ascertain the presence of bat roosts and bat use of the trees surrounding the area.
Client: Terrence Hill/Miller Construction Ltd
Hard and Soft Landscape Detailing
Landscape Management Plan
BREEAM Offices Assessment
A successful collaboration was achieved resulting in a BREEAM rating of ‘very good’.
The project involved the incorporation of existing matures trees and hedgerows, and increasing the species count through the establishment of wild flower meadows, green roofs and an ephemeral pond. Innovative tree planting proposals employed where base of stem was completely invisible by being located beneath a platform.
The nunnerys, west sussex
Client: Urban Velvet
JFA Environmental Planning were commissioned to complete a landscape appraisal for a proposed new stable complex within the grounds of the Nunnery Estate in West Sussex. The purpose of the report was to advise on the potential impact to landscape and visual amenity resulting from the planned development of the site.
No significant impacts from the development on the landscape and visual amenity were identified. Planting of native locally sourced species and relocation of an existing hedgerow were recommended to address changes to the existing view.
le manoir au quatre saisons, oxfordshire
Client: Raymond Blanc Restaurants
To reinstate the historic design of the grounds of the restaurant and hotel. The proposals included the placement of a circle of trees as well as shrub planting in an area where tree removals had taken place. Future proposals include the reinstatement of an orchard.
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In a nutshell
Established in 1989, JFA are experts in the field of Environmental Planning. We successfully collaborate with people who make a difference to the environment. We deliver projects which work in harmony with the natural world whilst providing added value solutions to site development.