Liz Lake Associates | Chartered Landscape Architects
LIZ LAKE ASSOCIATES : LANDSCAPE PLANNING Development, the effective use of land and the protection and enhancement of the landscape have become key issues at the heart of the planning process. Liz Lake Associates has extensive experience in advising clients on developments with a range of expertise that can be tailored to suit each client’s individual needs. We work with land owners and developers, planning consultants
and solicitors, land agents and surveyors, local authorities, architects and engineers as well as energy and utility companies. We offer a full range of landscape planning advice including the strategic promotion of development sites, masterplanning, design, assessments and providing evidence at Public Inquiry.
Liz Lake Associates work in the following areas of development: ■
Residential and urban extensions
Strategic housing and land promotion
Individual dwellings in the countryside
Waste and recycling
Utilities and infrastructure
Highways and transportation
Retail and commercial
National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) Following the Localism Act in 2011 and the introduction of a new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), an even greater emphasis on the identification and promotion of development sites at the initial stages of local plans and neighbourhood plan development documents is increasingly important. The landscape and ecological potential of the land and any constraints on development need to be identified early as they are key factors in the suitability of sites for development. Our landscape and ecological evaluations will inform the proposals that are put forward to the Local Planning Authority. They form an integral part in promoting sustainable development that contributes to the environmental, social and economic needs of local communities. Planning Applications A well-supported planning application significantly increases the chances of a commercially successful outcome. As well as preparing landscape and visual impact assessments, we often co-ordinate the work of other specialist consultants. We have extensive experience in complex planning applications that involve heritage landscapes, as well as contributing the landscape and ecological chapters of the Environmental Statements. Our experience in the planning process enables the early identification of key planning issues. Specialist evaluations facilitate the development of mitigation measures that can avoid, reduce or compensate for potential adverse
environmental effects. With early involvement in a scheme, we can help to design out adverse effects â€“ developing design solutions that maximise the potential of a site whilst aiming to avert potential planning objections. We have considerable experience of negotiations with Local Planning Authorities, as well as organising exhibitions to illustrate and explain proposed schemes and participating in public consultation. Planning Conditions - helping to satisfy conditions on time and cost effectively We are very familiar with satisfying both predevelopment and pre-occupation planning conditions for a wide range of consented schemes. These can relate to detailed hard and soft landscape proposals, the care and management of trees within a construction site or the implementation of ecological mitigation measures. Successfully obtaining approval of details reserved by condition within the required timescales is essential to securing the planning permission and ensuring that there are no delays in the development programme. Section 106 Agreements, Unilateral Undertakings â€“ providing details and budgets for planning obligations Despite the Governmentâ€™s introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), Section 106 (S106) agreements will remain, particularly where local landscape or ecological enhancements are involved. Such
enhancements are often required by a Local Authority in association with large development schemes. We are experienced in co-ordinating detailed proposals for enhancements including the preparation of long term Management Plans and budgets. Putting a cost against the S106 commitments is particularly important for developers to accurately assess the financial viability of their developments. Following the completion of developments, we are also involved in making sure that all S106 commitments have been met and, where appropriate, there has been a hand-over of land where sites are to be adopted by the Local Authority or managed by local Trusts. Our approach is based on an informed understanding of the landscape context and setting of a site. We believe that the greatest development potential is achieved when proposals are shown to address key issues such as landscape, townscape and visual amenity, as well as heritage assets, archaeology, ecology and arboriculture. Working with a broad range of clients, often in sensitive locations, we are able to adapt our approach to address a complex range of issues at different scales. An initial appraisal of key landscape, ecological and arboriculture issues will provide an early indication as to the opportunities and constraints of a particular site that need to be considered during the planning process.
Landscape: An initial appraisal that looks at aspects such as land use, landscape character, local and national landscape designations, visual influence, topography, amenity and setting, is often a useful starting point to evaluate a site’s role and setting in the landscape and can influence the way in which the site is developed. Landscape opportunities and constraints can positively feed into an emerging layout, offering a landscape-led approach to development. Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments (LVIAs): A technical study of this type is often required to accompany a planning application to determine both the magnitude and significance of potential effects of a proposed development. It describes the existing baseline characteristics of the landscape and visual quality of the site and surroundings, and then assesses the degree of change in landscape character and in visual quality from a number of key receptors. Our assessments use a wellestablished methodology that builds on the published guidance “Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Assessment”, produced by the Landscape Institute (LI) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): The Local Authority or Secretary of State may decide that a proposal is of sufficient scale or has the potential to cause such effects that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required under the EIA Regulations. The
practice can contribute to the EIA process and the Environmental Statement (ES) by preparing chapters on landscape and ecology topics. Expert Witness – at Public Inquiry, Examinations in Public, Local Plan Inquiries or planning committees Our landscape architects have prepared evidence for a number of Written Representations, Informal Hearings, Public Inquires and Examinations involving a range of strategic and site-specific developments including urban extensions, residential development, leisure and recreation, commercial as well as renewable energy and waste developments. The considerable success of the practice at Inquiry over the years has been built on meticulous preparation combined with a thorough understanding of the landscape and an appreciation of the planning issues. The development of a robust methodology for assessing Landscape and Visual effects also underpins the evidence presented. Our approach in all projects is for a senior member of the practice to be involved at every stage. This personal involvement in the original assessment work has been noted at Inquiry, where it has been recognised to give weight to the evidence presented. Ecology: A Phase 1 Habitat Survey will identify the range of existing habitats on a site and
provide an indication as to the scope of wildlife issues, which might include recommendations for further Protected Species surveys or hedgerow surveys. Such surveys are often necessary to comply with current legislation (Countryside and Wildlife Act 1981 and Habitats Regulations 2010) and/or designations. For example, the presence or absence of reptiles on a site might influence the site layout, approach or programme. Habitat creation as part of the masterplanning process can contribute to local Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs) and Green Infrastructure Networks at both local and strategic levels. Arboriculture: The extent to which existing trees contribute to a site or setting can be of benefit to an emerging scheme, particularly when identifying tree issues early on in the process. A tree survey carried out to British Standard BS5837: 2012 will provide the detail needed to establish the extent of a developable footprint, the Root Protection Area (RPA), canopy spread and life expectancy of a particular tree or group of trees, as well as management for health and safety, required as part of a planning application. The potential effects of development on trees to be retained and their root systems can be minimised to ensure that trees are well integrated into a proposal.
Key skills that we cover:
Appeals and Local Plan allocations
Design guidance as part of statutory documentation
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
Evidence base for local development documents
Green Belt reviews
Landscape and Green Infrastructure
Landscape Character Assessment
Opportunities and constraints appraisals
Townscape analysis and appraisal
Verified visual modelling
Visual Impact Assessment
Visualizations and photomontage
LAND WEST OF MEAD PARK
ark Flatman (CMLI), Director at Liz Lake
The Council alleged as part of their reasons for
Associates, was appointed by Cavanna
refusal, harm to a green wedge (policy BAR22),
Homes (South West) Ltd as expert witness on the
however the Inspector did not agree and concluded
Landscape and Visual Issues as a result of North
“there would be no harm, environmental or social,
Devon District Council’s refusal of planning
through the development of the site to the green
permission for up to 61 dwellings on a parcel
wedge between Bickington and Fremington”.
of land to the settlement edge of Bickington, Barnstaple.
We also argued and the inspector agreed “…that the provision of additional landscaping in the form of a
Whilst it was acknowledged that development
woodland belt, as suggested by the Council officers
on the appeal site would change its character,
in their recommendation to the Council, to mitigate
the impacts would be very localised and, when
the effects of the development on views from the
seen alongside an adjacent development (under
west while beneficial is not necessary”.
construction) to the northern edge of the site, it would be bound by residential development on
Overall, the inspector concluded that there was no
three sides making it a logical site for development.
harm, either on its own, or cumulatively, which
The inspector noted that “…properties outside
the development boundary could, in visual and
benefits of the development when assessed against
functional terms, still form part of the settlement”
the Framework. The appeal was successful and the
and that the proposed site boundary “…would mark
planning permission for construction of up to 61
a logical end point for the western extent of the
dwellings was granted.
proposed development”. This was contrary to the Council’s evidence which challenged the extent and position of the appeal site boundary. Client
Cavanna Homes (South West) Ltd
Land parcel to edge of Bickington Wider Landscape Context The proposed site
THE APPEAL WAS SUCCESSFUL AND THE PLANNING PERMISSION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF UP TO 61 DWELLINGS WAS GRANTED
iz Lake Associates was asked to prepare a
Our work included a series of photomontages
landscape and visual impact assessment, and
which were prepared from four key viewpoints
open space strategy report for a revised outline
agreed with the local authority. The photomontages
planning application for up to 950 dwellings in
illustrated the scheme at year 1 and year 15 and
were submitted alongside the visual impact assessment as part of the environmental statement
The site forms part of the Ebbsfleet Valley
for the scheme.
Strategic site, an area of land which has been subject to extensive quarrying and infrastructure
A cumulative landscape and visual assessment
works over the past years, which is now planned
of the scheme was carried out together with the
for strategic redevelopment including 10,000 new
various surrounding planned Ebbsfleet Valley
homes, employment uses and leisure facilities.
The site itself is former National Grid land and
includes a decommissioned substation as well as
commitment by the Government as a new
overhead power lines. The proposed development
‘Garden City’, which Chancellor George Osborne
sought to transform the site into a new urban
announced on Sunday, will deliver up to 15,000
centre, enhancing the visual amenity of the site
new homes. Osborne said it would be a “proper
with a strong landscape strategy and removing
garden city”, the first since Welwyn Garden City
substantial infrastructure from the site.
was founded in 1920.
Ebbsfleet Valley Proposals Proposal LAP / POS Photomontage (15 years)
OUR LANDSCAPE MASTERPLAN SOUGHT TO CREATE A NEW URBAN CENTRE SUPPORTED BY A STRONG LANDSCAPE SCHEME, INCLUDING SUDS, ALLOTMENTS, POS & ENHANCED WOODLANDS
LAND AT DINGLEY ROAD
iz Lake Associates were appointed to prepare
Landscape and close to Northamptonshire Special
a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment
Landscape Area, the site made a very positive
(LVIA) for a planning application for a residential
contribution to the local landscape character, it had
development in the historic village of Great
a medium to high susceptibility to accommodate
Bowden. Set on the edge of a rural village,
the proposed development. Given the constraints,
with several listed buildings, heritage features,
the scheme was amended to include a reduced
including the church, a cemetery as well as on site
archaeology constraints, there was a need for a
landscape proposals and open space to integrate
very careful approach to the design and planning
it into its village surroundings. In addition, the site
of any new development or proposed change in
itself was assessed not to lie within the Councilâ€™s
this sensitive location.
area relating to a proposed area of separation
between the settlements of Great Bowden and Working closely with La Ronde Wright planning consultants,
Market Harborough, subject to a policy constraint.
thorough analysis of the baseline conditions
The development (following amendment) was
through desk study, field work and photographic
survey of the site and its surroundings. Located in an
area designated as an Area of Particularly Attractive
Gateway into the heart of the village The local village church Single road into the proposed site
GIVEN THE CONSTRAINTS, THE SCHEME WAS AMENDED TO INCLUDE A REDUCED NUMBER OF NEW DWELLINGS WITH ASSOCIATED LANDSCAPE PROPOSALS AND OPEN SPACE TO INTEGRATE IT INTO ITS VILLAGE SURROUNDINGS
BRENTWOOD ENTERPRISE PARK
to prepare a Landscape & Visual Impact
A strong landscape framework was established within
Assessment and a Green Belt Assessment for the
Skanska Depot redevelopment in association
Statement. Within the 23.5 ha site the retention
with the allocation of employment land at M25
and enhancement of existing trees and hedge lines
Junction 29 to form the Brentwood Enterprise
within a central riparian spine, the provision of off-
Park. The proposals include a mix of unit sizes,
site woodland block plantings and establishment of
car parking and service facilities set within a
dense internal street tree plantings, coupled with
landscaped framework of green corridors, treed
the establishment of appropriate building lines
streets and sustainable urban drainage features.
and sensitive ground modelling aim to reduce the
long term visual impact of the development within Review of the site with regards to the five
the locality and the broader landscape. The site
purposes of the Green Belt established the degree
provides an opportunity to establish an improved
to which the existing Site can successfully meet
landscape setting and sense of place, creating a
the purposes of Green Belt Policy. The proposed
high quality business environment that is well
allocation for employment purposes was assessed
located, well landscaped and well maintained.
to be appropriate and consistent with the existing nature of the Site and the potential removal from Green Belt land.
Strutt & Parker LLP
Landscape designations Landscape topography Early landscape sketch
A STRONG LANDSCAPE FRAMEWORK WAS ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE OVERARCHING DEVELOPMENT VISION AND OBJECTIVES IDENTIFIED WITHIN THE VISION STATEMENT
THE FORMER DORCHESTER PRISON
iz Lake Associates were appointed to prepare an LVIA for this sensitive site and to work closely with the Architects, Heritage Specialists, Local Authority and local residents to design in a sympathetic and economically viable development proposal. This project formed part
architects, engineers and heritage specialists Liz Lake Associates undertook a thorough analysis of the baseline conditions through desk study, field work and a photographic survey of the site and its surroundings. With the prison containing numerous Listed Buildings and being bounded on
of the first ever batch of prison conversions undertaken, following the Ministry of Justice (MoJ)â€™s sale of several of their major assets, which was initiated in 2015. LLA were delighted to be a part of this initiative of MoJ asset adaption. The Former Dorchester Prison was decommissioned and vacated in 2013, and is now owned by City & Country Residential Limited. The historic prison buildings are to be retained and converted into residences, accompanied by the construction of new buildings to form Mansion Blocks within the prison walls, open landscape terraces and courtyard gardens. Our brief was to prepare a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA), addressing the issues relevant to the proposals for the site, to accompany the planning application.
three sides by the Dorchester Conservation Area, the local landscape was deemed to be of a high susceptibility to change. Producing an LVIA, we assessed the impact the development will have on this surrounding landscape and visual receptors. Throughout the design process, Liz Lake Associates worked closely with the multi-disciplinary team to suggest mitigation methods, in order to reduce any adverse effects of proposed changes to the prison in its conversion to residential use.
Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team of
Our valuable input into the building conversion and design has enabled the proposals to integrate sympathetically into the surroundings, with detailed considerations given to the existing neighbourhood. Our digital wireframes team produced visualisations to inform the design process.
City & Country Residential Limited
City & Country
One of the old prison building entrances Wire frame model of the proposed buildings Movement sketch
OUR VALUABLE INPUT INTO THE BUILDING CONVERSION AND DESIGN HAS ENABLED THE PROPOSALS TO INTEGRATE SYMPATHETICALLY INTO THE SURROUNDINGS
iz Lake Associates was asked to produce a
The Landscape Strategy plan took into account
Landscape Visual Appraisal and Landscape
comments from a team of consultants and council
buildings to house 16 residential units adjacent to a conservation area within the urban setting of
Visualisations were produced to demonstrate how
the suggested mitigation would be applied in order to minimise the impact of the development on the
The LVA included a desk top study and site visits to
determine the Siteâ€™s context and itâ€™s relation to the proposed development. This involved reviewing
Our work was submitted to support the planning
the Local Plan and key character areas at various
application for the development. A decision on the
scales with a particular focus on the adjacent
application is pending.
Landscape concept sketch Our CGI render of Architect's proposed building Landscape strategy plan
VISUALISATIONS WERE PRODUCED TO DEMONSTRATE HOW THE SUGGESTED MITIGATION WOULD BE APPLIED IN ORDER TO MINIMISE THE IMPACT OF THE DEVELOPMENT
ommissioned by Bellway Homes, Liz Lake Associates were tasked with creating landscape proposals for the award winning Newhall development in Harlow. ‘Fusion’ is one part of a phased development consisting of large land parcels that connect to create a large new community. This phase of the development will link into future adjacent residential areas and thereafter into the extensive network of public open space, play areas, sports pitches, landscape infrastructure and ecological corridors that are currently in existence or planned for the wider Newhall neighbourhood. 42% of the land within the overall Newhall masterplan area will ultimately be retained as woodland, parks and green infrastructure.
doorstop ‘garden greens’ have been created and these will feature seating, ornamental planting as well as opportunities for informal toddler play.
The development consists of an array of forward thinking, unique houses and the landscape was designed to create the perfect foil for these dwellings to sit in and a stand out piece of landscape architecture. Working closely with Architects, Engineers and Planning Consultants, the design concepts developed to accommodate the site setting and the aspirations of the Local Planning Authority in combination with the needs of the Client. A number of publically accessible
This phase of the development features a strong framework of new street tree planting in the form of avenues and single lines of street trees. Street trees in hard landscape areas will be planted into special tree pits featuring root deflectors/underground root cells and watering tubes providing for the trees long term requirements. The combination of quality landscape surfacing materials and street tree planting will help to create a high quality public realm where pedestrians clearly have priority.
Like all of our planting designs, the site was separated into character areas (6 in total) that are each defined by a different style of planting, thus creating a number of interesting planting combinations that prevent any monotony in the soft landscaped areas. Much thought has been put into this to ensure varying colour, winter structure and low maintenance planting. Further to the planting proposals, Liz Lake Associates also developed a full landscape management plan for this development phase, ensuring that plants are well maintained in the future.
Section drawing through doorstep garden green Landscape masterplan Exciting interconnected public realm
THE DEVELOPMENT CONSISTS OF AN ARRAY OF FORWARD THINKING, UNIQUE HOUSES AND THE LANDSCAPE WAS DESIGNED TO CREATE THE PERFECT FOIL FOR THESE DWELLINGS
LANDSCAPE CHARACTER ASSESSMENT
iz Lake Associates was appointed by Thaxted
and key views into the village from the surrounding
Parish Council to undertake a Landscape
countryside were identified, in order to evaluate
Character Assessment (LCA) of the expansive
the sensitivity and capacity of the landscape,
rural landscape surrounding the historic town of
parcel by parcel, to accommodate future residential
Thaxted. With its strongly undeveloped character,
The results of this assessment form part Thaxted
strongly towards - and forms an intrinsic part
Parish Councilâ€™s evidence base for compiling its
of - the character, visual amenity and historic
Neighbourhood Development Plan. The study
significance of Thaxted. The landscape is also
will assist the Parish Council in making informed
valuable in its own right.
developments can be appropriately absorbed into the A combination of desktop study, fieldwork and
landscape surrounding Thaxted, and, if so, where,
stakeholder consultation was used to identify
at what scale and with what associated mitigation
parcels of land within the study area with common
measures, to ensure that no unacceptable effects on
characteristics. A range of landscape character and
the landscape result and that its special qualities are
visual amenity criteria were identified and assessed,
maintained and, where possible, enhanced.
Thaxted Parish Council
View towards Thaxted Landscape topography The windmill, an iconic mark on the landscape
THE RESULTS OF THIS ASSESSMENT FORM PART THAXTED PARISH COUNCILâ€™S EVIDENCE BASE FOR COMPILING ITS NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN
he historic landscape of Bentley Priory is
at the previous RAF Bentley Priory site on behalf
registered Grade 2 on English Heritageâ€™s
of Barratt North London.
The detailed planting
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic
designs reflect and reinforce the historic setting
Interest in England. The Bentley Priory parkland
whilst providing valuable, usable green space
forms part of a major picturesque landscape
for modern living.
influenced by Uvedale Price. Liz Lake Associates
landscape designs and planting plans for the show
led the landscape team that produced the
home, sales office, walled garden podium terraces
Landscape Conservation Management Plan and
as well as the individual gardens and the wider
all landscape-related documents and plans that
formed part of the planning permission granted
management plan for the public spaces and BRE
in July 2008 on behalf of RAF Bentley Priory.
We have produced detailed
We have also produced a landscape
The RAF have now vacated the site and it has been purchased by two developers.
All landscape works have now been implemented and residential units are open for viewing and
Liz Lake Associates is part of a comprehensive
purchase. Bentley Priory has won numerous
detailed design team including Structa and Clague
Awards, and most recently was voted â€˜Developer
implementing the planning permission for the
Awardâ€™ by the Urban Design Group.
residential aspects of this major redevelopment
Barratt North London
Private spaces are created within the park Planting to rear garden spaces Planting to frontages
THIS HISTORIC PARK WILL FORM PART OF THE LANDSCAPE AROUND NEW HOMES AND ONCE MORE BE ENJOYED BY MANY
aylor Wimpey appointed Liz Lake Associates
of building materials to reflect those within the
to prepare documents to support a planning
adjacent Conservation Area, the arrangement
application for a residential development on land
of built form to allow framed views through the
at Grovelands. This parcel of land lies on the edge
development to the countryside beyond, the
of Chudleigh, a small town in Central Devon,
retention of existing trees and hedgerows on site
and has recently become encapsulated on three
and the reinforcement of boundary screening to
sides by urban development, thereby presenting
mitigate the visual impact of the development
a rational case for residential infill.
from surrounding properties and local footpaths. A 10m wide bat flight corridor was incorporated
Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, Liz
into the scheme and scattered trees were proposed
Lake Associates produced documentation for a
throughout the development to break up the built
full planning application for 70 houses located
form and mass. Such measures informed the
within a sensitive study area (which included a
landscape masterplan, public open space design
Conservation Area, Registered Park and Garden,
and detailed planting proposals.
Landscape Value, Scheduled Ancient Monuments,
Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special
by Teignbridge Council. Our input into the
Areas of Conservation). Our Landscape Appraisal
design stage will help to significantly reduce
(LA) identified the impacts of the development
the impact of the proposed development upon
and proposed mitigation measures to reduce
the local landscape, ensuring that the scheme
any significant adverse effects, including the use
sympathetically integrates into its surroundings.
Landscape designations Picture viewpoint Landscape masterplan
WE IDENTIFIED THE IMPACTS OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND PROPOSED MITIGATION MEASURES TO REDUCE ANY SIGNIFICANT ADVERSE EFFECTS
iz Lake Associates was commissioned by
planting palette that complements the existing
Pigeon Investment Management to provide
village composition and local area flora. Overall
the scheme responds positively to the surrounding
promote a 12 acre site in Kentford, located in
village character and environment. The sensitive
a sensitive area including a number of Listed
integration of the scheme using trees and shrub
Buildings. With a shortfall in a five year housing
species of local origin and the retention of existing
land supply in Forest Heath District, the client
semi-mature trees, ‘settles’ the proposal into the
opted to submit an early application.
surrounding landscape. The use of natural hedges for boundary treatment creates green ‘fingers’ that
The landscape proposals help to contribute to the
tie the landscape to the surrounding rural fringe.
quality of the semi-rural character by creating a series of open spaces and pedestrian networks
Planning permission for the mixed use site
that enrich the local environment establishing a
comprising employment land and 60 dwellings
distinct sense of place. The landscape composition
responds to the site context providing a layout and
Boundary proposals Landscape sketch design Semi-mature woodland strip to be retained
WE ACHIEVED PLANNING PERMISSION FOR OUR CLIENT IN RELATION TO EMPLOYMENT LAND AND RESIDENTIAL DWELLINGS
iz Lake Associated were appointed to design
The aim of the landscape design was to create a
the Landscape Masterplan for the new Tollgate
distinctive scheme and a new element of urban
development in Colchester. The proposal includes
fabric that integrated, in a contemporary way with
a mix of units sizes, allocated for retails and
the new development and with the existing context,
recreational activities, and car parking facilities set
complementing and enhancing the built forms of
within a landscape framework of treed streets and
the master plan proposals. A public realm that would
green pedestrian paths. For the complete planning
be of significant value to Colchester, encourage a
application, a Landscape and Visual Landscape
sense of place and become a retail destination in its
Assessment was prepared and submitted.
The Tollgate development proposed a new urban
Representations and LVIA report were submitted to
fabric, a leisure and retail-led exterior environment
the Local Planning Authority.
traversed with new pedestrian routes and spaces. This vibrant and distinctive retail experience would provide a new public realm of unique character and function.
Tollgate Partnership Ltd
Landscape character area The west plaza Cultural heritage designations
A NEW RETAIL OFFER FOR THE COLCHESTER AREA
IPSWICH NORTHERN FRINGE
a detailed application for the development of 80
by David Lock Associates to prepare the
homes combined with an outline application for
Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA)
an additional 735 homes, a primary school, district
Chapter of an Environmental Statement to support
centre and amenity space. The development also
a hybrid planning application for a sustainable
made provision for extensive green infrastructure
urban extension to Ipswich of up to 815 dwellings
comprising of parks and gardens; natural and
to the north of Ipswich.
semi-natural greenspace; green corridors; amenity green space; play space; outdoor sports facilities,
The land at the northern edge of Ipswich, also known
and, allotments, community gardens and orchards.
as the Northern Fringe has been identified as being capable of accommodating up to 3,500 dwellings
alongside associated transport, open space, local
submitted a hybrid planning application for the
facilities and community infrastructure. This
first phase of the Ipswich Northern Fringe.
application is Phase 1 of the proposals and included
CBRE Global Investors/ Mersea Homes
David Lock Associates
Topography The Fonnereau Way Land at the Fringe
STRATEGIC LAND IDENTIFIED AS PART OF THE IPSWICH GARDEN SUBURB
iz Lake Associates were appointed by Bristol City Council to prepare a Townscape and Visual Impact Assessment for Phase 1 of the Bristol Arena development on land adjacent to the central train station and a short walk from the city centre. A former diesel depot, the site will be
was given to local planning policy guidance on tall buildings, which highlighted a number of important views across the city which take in the site. With no Landscape Character Assessment to inform the baseline, a comprehensive Townscape Character Assessment was undertaken to identify
radically transformed into an iconic landmark, providing Bristol with a much needed, worldclass, 12,000 capacity entertainment venue, due to open in 2018. Phase 2 of the development will follow and comprises of commercial units and residential blocks on the Bristol Arena Island.
the widely contrasting character areas around the site; Residential, Industrial, Business District and City Centre Mixed Use areas.
This one of a kind project for the city of Bristol demanded an in-depth analysis of current baseline conditions through desk study, field work and photographic study. This identified a number of sensitive receptors including the adjacent Grade I listed Temple Meads Railway Station, Conservation Areas, the Arnos Vale Cemetery and residents of nearby neighbourhoods. High resolution LIDAR mapping data, which can identify individual buildings, was used to produce a detailed ZTV which informed our chosen viewpoints. Consideration
The TVIA was submitted within the Environmental Impact Assessment as part of the planning application and the scheme has now been approved. The TVIA assessed the impact which the development might have on the local townscape character and the visual amenity during the construction phase and also at completion. During the assessment process architectural and landscape mitigation measures were developed to integrate this large-scale of project into the surrounding industrial, residential and commercial neighbourhoods. The assessment also considered the potential cumulative impacts of a second phase of development on the adjacent space.
Bristol City Council
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Landscape character areas Key view to arena entrance Landscape masterplan
THIS ONE OF A KIND PROJECT FOR THE CITY OF BRISTOL DEMANDED AN IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF CURRENT BASELINE CONDITIONS THROUGH DESK STUDY, FIELD WORK AND PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDY
BERWICK SOLAR FARM
opposition to the proposed 12MW solar farm near
Berwick, East Sussex
used by the local opposition group at Public Inquiry to demonstrate impacts on surrounding views, including views from the South Downs AONB.
Berwick, East Sussex. Despite allowing the development the inspector Liz Lake Associates reviewed the submitted EIA,
took note of our evidence, reducing the number
and carried out a comprehensive site assessment.
of Solar Panels and increased the landscape
Addressing the impacts of the development to
mitigation requirements, which lead to a reduction
landscape character and visual amenity, Liz Lake
in the land scope and visual effects associated with
Associates submitted Written Reps, which were
the development .
The Site An LVIA assess the impacts associated with solar development Views from the South Downs AONB were considered
LIZ LAKE ASSOCIATES SUBMITTED WRITTEN REPS, WHICH WERE USED BY THE LOCAL OPPOSITION GROUP AT PUBLIC INQUIRY
THAMES TIDEWAY TUNNEL
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
iz Lake Associates acted as a consultant to the
works sites within the Borough. In particular,
Temple Group, advising the London Borough
relating both to Thames Waterâ€™s preferred option,
of Tower Hamlets on whether landscape and visual
information was analysed regarding the King
impact issues had been adequately addressed in
Edward Memorial Park Foreshore site and the
the Environmental Statement for this major and
short-listed site referred to as the Heckford
controversial engineering project as it affected
the King Edward Memorial Park. We produced a review concerning landscape and The London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH)
visual effects and socio-economic impacts relating
appointed a number of environmental specialists
to park use, as well as briefly considering some
to analyse the environmental information collected
comments on the effects on cultural heritage as
and produced by Thames Water to support the
they related to the setting of heritage assets.
development of proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel
Temple Group Limited
Preferred site boundary and preferred line of tunnel The ANGSt assessment Grade II listed Rotherhithe ventilation shaft building
CLARIFYING AN IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR A CONTROVERSIAL PROJECT
Mill Hill, London
iz Lake Associates are working in partnership
and place that varies in different areas of the site
with Barratt London on the redevelopment
through well-designed planting appropriate to
of the National Institute for Medical Research
the locality and promote opportunities for habitat
to deliver 462 new homes and 1951 sqm of
enhancement and connectivity with the local
commercial space for small businesses and cafe.
context. The landscape proposal incorporates
The site, located on the Ridgeway compromises
clear visual connections and way finding between
of a steep landscape overlooking the Totteridge
spaces -as well as places to sojourn for daily use
Valley to the north with some of the apartments
and social gatherings.
having view across to Londonâ€™s skyline. As well as the built form, the development consists of open
The threshold between rural and semi-urban
grasslands and woodlands that are retained and
landscape is softened and has increased access
opened for public access. The steep topography
throughout the development to outdoor recreation
offers unique opportunities to create cascading
areas that incorporates a Trim Trail with a strategic
landscapes and podium gardens with views
network of interlinking play spaces; sports fields
across the valley.
and natural habitat to explore.
multidisciplinary team to create a sense of scale
Client Barratt London
Architect Hawkins /Brown DMFK
Planner Tyler Grange
The development proposals have been submitted for planning.
Images Colour sketch masterplan Early concept sketch CGI of woodland cluster apartments
THE STEEP TOPOGRAPHY OFFERS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES TO CREATE CASCADING LANDSCAPES AND PODIUM GARDENS WITH VIEWS ACROSS THE VALLEY
Fen Ditton, Cambridge
iz Lake Associates undertook a Green Belt
Associates were able to identify the opportunities
Assessment and a Landscape and Visual
and constraints associated with both parcels, as
Appraisal on two parcels of land within the village
well as assess their contribution to the NPPFs
of Fen Ditton to the north east of Cambridge.
criteria of Green Belt.
Our reports assessed the suitability of both parcels
Liz Lake Associates produced a Green Belt
to accommodate potential development.
Assessment and a Landscape and Visual Appraisal which were used to feed into the Local Planning
Liz Lake Associates carried out desktop assessment
Authorities Strategic Housing Land Availability
and site visits to prepare both documents and
using our in house Methodologyâ€™s, Liz Lake
Carter Jonas LLP
Visual assessment Local fields nearby Site option
ALL OF GREEN BELT LAND ARE BEING ASSESSED FOR THEIR ABILITY TO MEET GREEN BELT REQUIREMENTS
RECYCLING & ENERGY RECOVERY FACILITY
iz Lake Associates were employed by Welwyn
Inspector David Richards decision was announced,
recommending to the Secretary of State that the
evidence as Expert Witness after the proposals for
application be refused. Inspector Richards Wrote in
a Resource and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF)
his decision to refuse the RERF that; " The proposal
with a capacity of 380,000 tonnes per annum and
is the wrong proposal, in the wrong place, at the
volume of 585,000 m3 on land at New Barnfield,
Hatfield, Hertfordshire were called in for decision by the Secretary of State following the resolution of the county council to approve it.
Inspector Richards agreed with LLA evidence
Liz Lake Associates examined the Landscape and
appearance of the surroundings, and would be
Visual chapters of the appellants Environmental
viewed as an alien and intrusive structure in the
Statement, producing a detailed assessment of
landscape and surrounding area".
the applicants Landscape and Visual chapters, Photomontage and ZTV. Acting on Behalf on
Welwyn and Hatfield Borough Council who had
Richards reasons for refusal and refused planning
been granted Rule 6 status, Liz Lake Associates
permission for the RERF.
gave expert evidence at Public Inquiry.
Welwyn and Hatfield Borough Council
Photomontage of proposed site entrance Photomontage The RERF
THE PROPOSAL IS THE WRONG PROPOSAL, IN THE WRONG PLACE, AT THE WRONG TIME (I.E. PREMATURE)
LOWER HALL PUMPING STATION
Chingford, North London
iz Lake Associates were instructed by Essex
for a site-specific planting design to be suggested
and Suffolk Water to produce a Landscape
which offers necessary screening but also bring
and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA), detailed
ecological and biodiversity benefits to the site.
planting proposals and Verified Photomontages for a proposed water pumping station within the
Once the final designs were completed, Liz Lake
Lee Valley. The proposals for this infrastructure
Associates put together presentation boards to
project included a new 462m2 Pumping Station,
inform the local community at public consultation.
146m2 switchgear and transformer building,
Working closely with the client, Liz Lake Associates
associated hard standing and related pumping
were able to inform the final site layout and design
proposals to help facilitate a smooth planning application for this infrastructure project.
The LVIA and the Verified Photomontages helped identify visual and landscape issues associated
Our work was submitted as part of a detailed
with the development.
These were addressed
early in the application process which allowed
Authority. The application was granted approval.
Essex and Suffolk Water
Photomontage of development Site location The wider Lee Valley
OUR DESIGN ALLOWED FOR THIS NECESSARY PIECE OF INFRASTRUCTURE TO SYMPATHETICALLY FIT INTO THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE, REDUCING ITS VISUAL IMPACT & CONSISTING TO LOCAL LANDSCAPE POLICY
iz Lake Associates were commissioned by Rose
the settled and rural landscape and to protect the
Builders to prepare an Landscape & Visual
setting of the AONB.
Appraisal to support a planning application for 150 dwellings and the erection of 'approximately
Once outline Planning Permission was successfully
700m2' of B1 use buildings with associated
obtained, LLA were commissioned to prepare a
infrastructure, Public Open Space, footpaths/
landscape Masterplan including detailed planting
cycle routes and boundary landscaping on land
plans for the Site. LLA produced a Landscape
at Dale Hall, east of Coxâ€™s Hill, Lawford, Essex
Management Plan to provide a framework for the
immediately adjacent to the Dedham Vale Area of
initial establishment maintenance and on-going,
Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
longer term routine management of the areas of open space and other public realm landscape,
The Dedham Vale AONB is famous worldwide through the paintings of the landscape artist John Constable and our report considered the existing situation, including the Sites proximity to the AONB and the potential landscape and visual effects of the development and included a proposed landscape strategy to address these. Key
associated with the proposals. The location of open space within the scheme and incorporation of supplementary planting, including trees and hedge lines were designed to help integrate the proposals while providing links to the wider landscape.
landscape strategies were prepared based upon site
investigations, landscape character assessment
alignment and composition of the site framework
and visual effects considerations to maintain and
responds to our LVA and recognises the important
enhance the quality of the transition between
setting of the AONB.
Housing landscape masterplan
The site Cultural Heritage within close proximity figure
THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT LAYOUT, BUILDING ALIGNMENT AND COMPOSITION OF THE SITE FRAMEWORK RESPONDS TO OUR LVA AND RECOGNISES THE IMPORTANT SETTING OF THE AONB
Norfolk District Council at Public Inquiry
support Marks Evidence.
regarding the development of 70 dwellings on a Site at Wymondham. Acting as expert witness
Working closely with the team at SNDC and their
Mark Flatman gave expert evidence outlining
Barrister, Mark gave evidence at Public Inquiry as
the Landscape and Visual harm that would be
an expert witness.
associated with the development. Marks evidence specifically focused on visual effects associated
The appeal was recovered for the Secretary of State's
with the historic and culturally significant, Grade
determination who agreed with the Inspector’s
1 Wymondham Abbey, as well as the landscape
conclusions and recommendation that the appeal
effects associated with developing within a
be dismissed and planning permission refused.
[protected] valley landscape. The Secretary of State agreed with the Inspector’s Following a comprehensive site assessment, a
conclusions outlining that the proposal would
comprehensive Proof of Evidence was produced
have an unacceptable effect on the landscape when
seen from Chapel Lane and from the Tiffey Valley
associated with the proposed development. Marks
and agreed with the Inspector’s conclusion that
evidence focused on the important views across
harm would be caused to the setting of the Abbey
the rural Tiffey Valley of Wymondham Abbey
when on Chapel Lane which would significantly
from Chapel Lane, and outlined how the proposed
and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.
development would be detrimental to these views.
South Norfolk District Council
Wymondham Abbey Appellants proposed layout Illustrative photomontage of the proposals
OUR EVIDENCE FOCUSED ON VISUAL EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE NATIONALLY IMPORTANT GRADE I WYMONDHAM ABBEY AND ITS VALLEY SETTING
iz Lake Associates were instructed by Pigeon
suitability for their inclusion within the SHLAA. On
Investments to assist in the Site Allocation
receiving the Site allocation, LLA produced a LVIA
Process being undertaken by [Maldon District
which identified and assessed the Landscape and
Council] as part of their [Strategic Housing Land
Visual Impacts associated with the development.
Availability Assessment (SHLAA)], and to prepare
The LVIA fed into the Landscape Masterplan for the
an Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment
Site, minimising the developments impact across
(LVIA) to feed into the Landscape Masterplan
the wider Landscape and suggested mitigation
for the Site. Considerations also had to be made
measures for the protection an enhancement of
for the [creation of Great Crested Newt habitats
the GCN habitats and detailing important site
within the Site]
features such as trees and hedgerows.
Liz Lake Associates undertook a detailed appraisal
Our work was submitted as part of a detailed
of proposed Sites within Burnham on Crouch,
highlighting individual Sites opportunities and
Local topography The site Proposed site layout
LIZ LAKE ASSOCIATES HELPED CREATE A NEW GATEWAY TO BURNHAM ON CROUCH
THORLEY HALL FARM
Bishops Stortford, Essex
iz Lake Associates advised Hertfordshire
and proposal drawings and then carried out
County Council (HCC), in regard to a planning
an independent Site assessment.
at effects on the local landscape character and
of materials (sand, gravel and soil) to enable
landscape resource as well as the impact to visual
construction of a 44 million gallon agricultural
amenity on local residential properties and public
reservoir and related infrastructure.
rights of way. Our report not only looked at the final design proposal, but also effects associated
with the mineral extraction process.
Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA)
Hertfordshire County Council
The Site location Reservoir details The SAL (Photo)
LIZ LAKE ASSOCIATES REVIEWED THE PLANNING APPLICATION ON BEHALF OF HCC
Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex
o help celebrate the Millennium, Liz Lake
the international London Stansted Airport.
Associates undertook a community project to
general strategy is to conserve and enhance the
assess the Landscape Character within the parish
countryside of the Parish, with its scattered hamlets
boundary of Stansted Mountfitchet, the Essex
and individual houses, which is integral to the
village in which our office has always been
setting of the village. Individual strategies outlining
the opportunities to reinforce and strengthen the
landscape character are also proposed for each A desktop survey was undertaken using aerial
photography and Ordnance Survey mapping to identify the topography, natural features, land use
When presented to the community at a public
and vegetation; this was then verified on site.
meeting the Landscape Strategy was well received.
Statutory and local designations were identified
As part of a summer internship three French
and Essex Wildlife Trust provided a Phase 1 Habitat
Survey. Key characteristics were identified in the
Preservation Order records for the Parish under the
landscape outside the urban area and ten individual
direction of the practice. Landscape Architecture
local landscape character areas identified. These
students from Writtle School of Design revisited
include rural farmland, a historic park and part of
and updated the Landscape Strategy.
Stansted Parish Council
View down Chapel Hill to Stansted Park Landscape character map London Stansted Airport
A SURVEY OF THE LOCAL LANDSCAPE CHARACTER REVEALED TEN DIFFERENT LANDSCAPE TYPES, INCLUDING STANSTED PARK
iz Lake Associates was commissioned by
landscape and visual effects associated with the
Wainhomes (South West) Holdings Ltd to
proposed developments. Our evidence focused
provide evidence for a Written Representations
on impacts on the World Heritage Site and the
appeal against the refusal of planning permission
Charlestown Conservation Area, as well as impacts
for residential development on land at two sites in
to the visual amenity of local residents and users
the Harbour village of Charlestown in Cornwall.
of locally and nationally important Public Rights of Way. Liz Lake Associates produced an Appeal
Charlestown is part of the Cornwall and West
Statement identifying the Landscape and Visual
Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site
Issues associated with the two sites, including
which includes select mining landscapes across
the production of a series of verified view
Cornwall and West Devon in the south west of the
photomontages to illustrate the proposals within
the Charlestown landscape.
Woking for the appellant, Liz Lake Associates carried out a site visit to Charlestown to assess the
Wainhomes (South West) Holdings Ltd.
Planning layout The site location The harbour at Charlestown
THE HISTORIC FISHING VILLAGE OF CHARLESTOWN IS RECOGNISED BY UNESCO AS A WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Maps reproduced from Ordnance Survey map data by permission of Ordnance Survey © Crown copyright 2017 Licence No.100007196 © Crown copyright and database rights 2017 Ordnance Survey Licence No.0100031673. Aerial imagery © 2017 Google
Liz Lake Associates offers the following services:
■ Landscape Design
■ Restoration and Conversion
■ Urban Design
■ Public Realm
■ Retail & Leisure
■ Landscape Planning
■ Community Consultation
■ Expert Witness
■ Heritage Landscapes
■ Gardens and Estates
■ 3D / Graphic Design
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At Liz Lake Associates, we have worked on many landscape planning projects as a result of our significant experience in this field and our r...
Published on Jul 29, 2014
At Liz Lake Associates, we have worked on many landscape planning projects as a result of our significant experience in this field and our r...