NPPF PARAGRAPH 80E: ACHIEVING A SIGNIFICANT LANDSCAPE ENHANCEMENT – HOW SHOULD THIS BE APPROACHED?

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NPPF PARAGRAPH 80E: ACHIEVING A SIGNIFICANT LANDSCAPE ENHANCEMENT – HOW SHOULD THIS BE APPROACHED?

NPPF PARAGRAPH 80E:

ACHIEVING A SIGNIFICANT LANDSCAPE ENHANCEMENT – HOW SHOULD THIS BE APPROACHED?

NPPF PARAGRAPH 80E: ACHIEVING A SIGNIFICANT LANDSCAPE ENHANCEMENT – HOW SHOULD THIS BE APPROACHED?

NPPF PARAGRAPH 80E:

ACHIEVING A SIGNIFICANT LANDSCAPE ENHANCEMENT – HOW SHOULD THIS BE APPROACHED?

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Achieving and evidencing a significant enhancement within the landscape as part of the P80e proposals is one of the hardest challenges and easiest to overlook. Our research has taught us that failing to provide a significant landscape enhancement is one of the most common reasons for a planning refusal.

Our direct experience has also taught us that the strongest and most successful proposals are those which have truly considered landscape from the outset, ensured the vision is led by landscape and informed every decision in terms of siting, scale and location. 

In many respects it’s becoming apparent that landscape proposals associated with a P80e are leading and one of the most important influences of the design process. If we consider any of the truly great historic houses and their landscapes, which in their time were the contemporary equivalents we are striving to follow with P80e today, the relationship between house, landscape and wider setting is seamless and beautiful. 

One aspect we embrace at Rural Solutions is working closely with ecologists from the outset to inform both site selection and design stages. The integrated process ensures the baseline ecological value is understood, with sensitive areas of value identified for protection and enhancement, whilst areas of low value or negative impact addressed and reversed where possible. A clear understanding of the baseline and proposed ecological values allows us to demonstrate an integrated biodiversity gain and significant landscape enhancement. Further enhancement opportunities can be developed from a clear understanding of the local and national landscape designations which offer opportunities to address declining characteristics or celebrate unique qualities.

When considering the area of enhancement to explore we look beyond the immediate domestic setting into the wider landscape where land ownership permits. Broad changes to land management, reinstatement of lost features, replenishing tired hedgerows or introduction of offset margins are examples of simple but highly effective improvements which can contribute to achieving a significant landscape enhancement.

Demonstrating an enhancement is also more than hurdle to cross in achieving a consent, a well-considered garden and landscape setting not only compliments the wider context but brings pleasure and beauty throughout the year. During the design process we encourage clients to embrace the landscape, as the saying goes: ‘Once the house is completed it only starts to deteriorate, whereas the landscape establishes and improves with age.’

At Rural Solutions we add value to the journey by driving the design process via the landscape to ensure a holistic and integrated vision. We are versatile and experienced in designing both contemporary and classical landscapes to compliment P80e houses of any scale.

We have experienced landscape architects, architects and planning consultants who can guide and support you through the P80e journey.

If you have a project in mind, please don’t hesitate to review our Paragraph 80 page or contact us for more information.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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