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Case study: New Inn Lane, Hanford

6 Nov 2023

The New Inn Lane project proposes the development of 500 new homes,  on a 65ha site at Hanford, on the edge of Stoke on Trent.

The project has been split into 10 phases, with each phase having its own character and construction expected to take place over a 10 year period.

The site will retain large open areas including a wetland, nature walks and a running loop.

The brief

The client, New City Vision Liverpool Limited required landscape planning support in order to submit a hybrid planning application for their development. Their proposals included provision for a new primary school, on site landscaping and extensive public open space with associated vehicular access, cycle and footpaths.  The client specifically required a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment to form a chapter with the Environmental Statement (ES).


The team

The project was managed by Charlie Davies, Senior Landscape Consultant with additional support from:

  • Annabelle Langhorn, Landscape Associate
  • Rose Perkins, Senior Landscape Consultant
  • Karishma Ladva, Landscape Consultant

The client team was led by Don Craven, Managing Director at New City Vision Liverpool Limited. We also worked closely with

The challenge

The site consists of a series of open green spaces, with hedgerows and pockets of woodland.

The approach

Tyler Grange was involved at a very early stage, providing a steer on where development could take place with the least visual impact. The scope would be agreed with the Council before determining the exact approach.

A suite of plans would be prepared to support the content of each LVIA. These illustrate the Topography, Zone of Theoretical Visibility, Planning Context, Landscape Character, Field Verified Visual Envelope and Site Context Analysis along with Photosheets and a corresponding Photoviewpoint Location plan.  

Adapting the brief

After highlighting the specific sensitivities of the site with regards to existing amenity value to the local population, suitable mitigation measures were suggested in the form of recreational routes and cycleways through the site; retaining the woodland blocks which were particularly valuable. These measures were well received and provided a positive outcome for all; formalising open routes where no official public rights of way had previously existed.

The results

Permission was granted in 2020, with Phase 1 works on site beginning in summer 2022 and the first residents having moved in during 2023.

Tyler Grange inputs included:

  • Initial site appraisal with key opportunities and constraints;
  • LVIA ES Chapter
  • Liaising with the Council at pre-application stage;
  • Regular design team meetings to inform the masterplan progression;

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