Urban Wilderness provided landscape strategy and masterplanning consultancy to help integrate a proposed residential development area, new nature reserve and extensive public open space and all within the sensitive landscape of the adjacent Arnside and Silverdale AONB. This was achieved through robust assessment of the local landscape character and visual resource, with particular onus on the views from the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This culminated in the design of a public open space network which retained existing landscape features, provided substantial wildlife enhancement, within a rich tapestry of indigenous parkland tree planting. This in turn provided structure to the new development and significant amenity spaces which were in short supply locally. These zones included wetland walking areas, equipped play and a habitat-rich nature reserve with Coastal and floodplain grazing marsh, prime habitat for local and migratory bird populations.
This outline planning application included detailed elements (otherwise left to more detailed phases of design) comprising a detailed planting strategy and detailed housing layout and associated landscape treatments. The concept sought to create a development which both espoused and enhanced the local vernacular, combining local context of wetland drumlins, surrounded by the mountains of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks to create a new urban-edge development steeped in the distinctive local character.
Extensive consultation with the AONB, public realm officer and local community groups resulted in a robust application to the local planning authority.
“The public open space design quality shown for this development is exceptional and should be commended. It demonstrates good coordinated consideration of ecological and other public open space requirements.” (Public Realm Officer, 15 May 2018)
The project is due to go to committee October 2018.