SCHEME / LOCATION: Browns Lane, Tamworth
CLIENT: Taylor Wimpey plc
TG SERVICES: Landscape Planning, Ecology and Arboriculture
PARTNERS / OTHER CONSULTANTS INVOLVED: Boyer Planning, M-EC
Tyler Grange were appointed by Taylor Wimpey plc to provide landscape planning, ecology and
arboricultural advice and inputs to support an outline planning application for up to 165 dwellings on land on the northern edge of Tamworth at Browns Lane.
Tyler Grange undertook an extended Phase 1 ecology survey and subsequent badger, bat, breeding bird and Great Crested Newt surveys to identify any constraints to development. As part of the scheme proposals, an ecological mitigation and enhancement strategy was set-out to avoid impacts to habitats, badgers and nesting birds and to maximise biodiversity benefit through the enhancement of hedgerows and ponds on the site, the management of open space and maximising SUDs features for ecological benefits. A Tree Quality Survey identified trees for protection and assessed the implications of the proposed development on the tree stock.
We also undertook a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment that identified key landscape characteristics and visual receptors that have the potential to be affected by the proposed
development and informed the scheme parameters and masterplan. The assessment utilised a study area, viewpoints and methodology that was agreed with the Local Authority. A Landscape Strategy was prepared that set-out the strategic mitigation and enhancement measures identified by the LVIA, ecology appraisal and tree survey. The proposals ensured that field boundary hedgerows and trees were retained and enhanced and the scale and extent of development complemented the existing built edge and minimised encroachment into the countryside and landscape and visual impacts.
Tyler Grange also provided inputs into the Design and Access Statement and advice relating to proposed planning conditions and issues raised during the determination period. Outline planning permission was granted in February 2015.