Redesign in a protected landscape
The owner of an unremarkable house in a large pine woodland in Surrey wanted to test the waters for a complete rebuild. The surrounding landscape was in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, among other landscape protections, where all new development was strongly resisted.
Our technical report set out the planning and landscape parameters, as well as conditions for exceptions which offered opportunities for the owner. It made a landscape character assessment which identified that the current house was out of character with its surroundings, and could be improved upon. Finally a visual assessment of the plot and house from all areas, especially sensitive viewpoints, showed that the house was not visible, except where boundary hedging had failed.
Our report made recommendations for new planting and tree preservation to protect views, and advice on potential materials and character references which would benefit a planning application.