The site was predominantly agricultural land; fields bound by hedgerows, groups of trees and woodland. The key constraint on this site was the proximity of ancient woodland to one of the site’s boundaries which required buffer zones in accordance with government standing advice.
There were at least ten veteran trees across the site which would require incorporation into the masterplan to avoid development encroaching into their own, extended buffer zones.
There was a large, linear section of woodland bisecting the site which required us to establish appropriate points to provide access through the woodland; assessing the woodland in detail to identify lower quality trees which could be removed to facilitate access whilst putting protection measures in place to retain higher value trees.
Several TPOs were in place along the site boundary, these required due consideration.