The strategy focused on the creation of a bund around the site, using topsoil and subsoil from the quarry extension, as well as the strategic planting of trees in the wider landscape to break up views of the quarry but not impede the restoration process.
Once the initial LVIA had been undertaken, WHLandscape were able to develop a comprehensive mitigation strategy that not only lessened the impact of the proposals, but also allowed for the site to be reinstated at the completion of on-site quarrying operations without any adverse residual effects. The strategy focused on the creation of a bund around the site, using topsoil and subsoil from the quarry extension, as well as the strategic planting of trees in the wider landscape to break up views of the quarry but not impede the restoration process.
Following discussions with the Local Planning Authority in respect of refining the mitigation strategy, the application was approved and WHLandscape were subsequently appointed by Lovell Stone Group Ltd. to produce a Phasing Plan for the on-site quarrying operations.
misshapen crowns and structural defects due to their competition for light and space and limited past management.
It was found that the majority of trees surveyed were poor quality specimens, with many of the semi-mature trees within the wooded block having poor misshapen crowns and structural defects due to their competition for light and space and limited past management. Recommendations were made for the selective felling of several trees to allow the best specimens to grow on. A minor re-routing of the track was also recommended to accommodate the veteran trees.
WHLandscape developed their design proposals around the Code for Sustainable Homes Ecology criteria and the GRO Green Roof Code, with a focus on creating ecologically diverse schemes that responded to their unique locations.
Following the production of a detailed Landscape Implementation and Management Plan for the proposals, and their subsequent review by a Sustainability Consultant and Ecologist, WHLandscape gained six out of a possible seven credits available for land use and ecology.
While the application was submitted to the planning committee with a recommendation of approval from Planning Officers, the application was refused at Planning Committee. WHLandscape were instructed to produce an appeal statement against the refusal. Subsequently the decision was overturned and the appeal allowed, with the Inspector fully agreeing with the case put forward by WHLandscape.
Ultimately the Inspector agreed with the case put forward by WHLandscape and the appeal was dismissed.
The recommended tree works have been undertaken and planting scheme has been partially implemented. However, part of Haven Green is currently in use as a Crossrail works compound, and therefore the work cannot be completed until the compound is removed and the ground made good.
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