Liz Lake Associates were commissioned to prepare a Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment and a Green Belt Assessment for the Skanska Depot redevelopment in association with the allocation of employment land at M25 Junction 29 to form the Brentwood Enterprise Park. The proposals include a mix of unit sizes, car parking and service facilities set within a landscaped framework of green corridors, treed streets and sustainable urban drainage features.
Review of the site with regards to the five purposes of the Green Belt established the degree to which the existing Site can successfully meet the purposes of Green Belt Policy. The proposed allocation for employment purposes was assessed to be appropriate and consistent with the existing nature of the Site and the potential removal from Green Belt land.
A strong landscape framework was established within the overarching development vision and objectives identified within the Vision Statement. Within the 23.5 ha site the retention and enhancement of existing trees and hedge lines within a central riparian spine, the provision of off-site woodland block plantings and establishment of dense internal street tree plantings, coupled with the establishment of appropriate building lines and sensitive ground modelling aim to reduce the long term visual impact of the development within the locality and the broader landscape. The site provides an opportunity to establish an improved landscape setting and sense of place, creating a high quality business environment that is well located, well landscaped and well maintained.