Land at Dingley Road
Liz Lake Associates were appointed to prepare a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) for a planning application for a residential development in the historic village of Great Bowden. Set on the edge of a rural village, with several listed buildings, heritage features, including the church, a cemetery as well as on site archaeology constraints, there was a need for a very careful approach to the design and planning of any new development or proposed change in this sensitive location.
Working closely with La Ronde Wright planning consultants, Liz Lake Associates undertook thorough analysis of the baseline conditions 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 Landscape and close to Northamptonshire Special Landscape Area, the site made a very positive contribution to the local landscape character, it had a medium to high susceptibility to accommodate the proposed development. 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. In addition, the site itself was assessed not to lie within the Council’s area relating to a proposed area of separation between the settlements of Great Bowden and Market Harborough, subject to a policy constraint.
The development (following amendment) was approved by Harborough District Council’s Planning Committee.