Getting ahead for 2022 – Landscape
11 Feb 2022
11 Feb 2022
Project plans for the year are stacking up on your desk and December feels like a million miles away. But, as we all know too well, the months tend to slip away, and we’ll be in and out of our sunglasses and beachwear in a blink.
Now is the time to scrub up on your landscape requirements for 2022 and keep your projects on track.
After all, a goal without a plan is just a wish.
In this blog, we’ll share:
We’ll also teach you how to get the best out of your landscape architects and planners, so that you can feel prepared when you have a new plan on the horizon.
All sounds very exciting, doesn’t it?
We’ve broken it down for you to make it go down as easy as a spoon full of sugar.
Read on to learn more about new laws and regulations, how they’ll impact you and how to get the best results from our partnership in the year ahead.
2021 brought us a lot in the world of legislature. Lots to digest, lots to learn and lots to consider.
Before we look forward to how you can prepare for what’s to come in 2022, let’s have a brief recap.
The Government introduced a 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, highlighting the importance of green growth to achieve strong economic recovery. If you’re unsure as to what we’re on about, this PDF supplied by the government should give you more of an idea.
Biodiversity was high on the agenda too, with a biodiversity net gain (BNG) standard of 10% being set in The Environment Act 2021. (If you can’t quite remember the details, here is our blog explaining it in more detail).
Whilst lots of other small changes came into play in the world of landscape planning and architecture in 2021, we promised you brief and we’ll leave those for our experts to debate.
In 2022, there are three key pieces of legislation coming into place:
The ‘Planning for the Future’ white paper appeared in 2020 and promised a complete system overhaul. It set out plans to speed up the planning process through digitalisation. No easy feat.
It will mean that online visual local plans, interactive maps and data will be used – rather than faffing around with countless documents and stacks of paper. This will help with efficiency, speedy access to information and reduce potentially wasteful printing; that’s a cheer from us, and the planet!
We are pretty excited about this, and a £1.1m fund announced by Housing Minister Christopher Pincher MP to pilot the scheme across 10 local areas brings us hope.
What else does this white paper mean?
There’s quite a bit to digest here but we promise this is the chunkiest bit of legislature to get your head around.
Maybe grab a cup of tea to read the rest if you need a moment.
The Levelling Up White Paper sets out plans to boost opportunities and livelihoods post-pandemic. This involves 12 national levelling up missions for spreading prosperity across the nation, all to be achieved by 2030.
Key takeaways for the field are:
Pretty promising stuff, especially for those of us north of London!
Despite being put on hold when Michael Gove was appointed housing secretary, the Planning Bill is set to be refreshed by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, (previously the Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government). The goal of the bill is to streamline and speed up the housing development approval process.
What reforms can we expect?
Rest assured; our experts will be keeping their eyes peeled for any updates. We’ll be ready to support with your project queries as soon as the paper has been refreshed and released.
Such changes bring implications to those at all levels, so it is important to gage how to best prepare and ensure the smooth running of all your projects – before you have the deadline nipping at your heels. Whilst we don’t know how these will exactly play out, we can provide some best practice suggestions to help you stay on track with your plans.
In terms of photography, for many projects, you may need winter photography to support your project. We’d recommend you get in touch now, before the trees start growing their leaves back, or risk having to wait until much later in the year to crack your woolliest pair of gloves out.
We’re not just recommending this because our experts love the cold, crisp mornings (although, we won’t dispute that). We’re recommending this because winter photography gives a worst-case scenario and the best impression of how far away the site can be seen, with views not being obstructed by vegetation.
Getting your winter photography organised for upcoming projects now can help you get ahead.
Whilst you can shove some plants in the ground at any time of year, there is a peak season for many varieties. We recommend grabbing a cosy raincoat and planting your larger hedges, trees, shrubs in Autumn, when it’s colder and rainier.
Why, you ask? Planting in autumn means less maintenance is required, so you can put your feet up a bit! It also acts as a treat for pollinators as food becomes scarcer. It’s a win-win really.
Involving an expert
When we asked our team when the right time to lean on a landscape expert was, they said YESTERDAY. Whilst there is some predictable seasonality to needs across the year, we can’t stress enough that each project is different. That’s why it’s crucial to get your landscape architects involved in the first stages of a project- even before master planning.
Why? Well, you can map out your needs earlier which helps with timelines, planning and budgeting. It helps you get the right help at the start, rather than stumbling across a hurdle and having your project held up.
By getting us involved early, we can:
Your project is exciting to all who are involved; everyone wants it to be a success. So we thought we’d write a little tip sheet on how to be the best client.
Not only will this facilitate the smooth running of your project, but it will make life easier for you, and all of those working on it.
What you can do:
Be honest about your budget!
Trust your team.
Have a laugh.
We appreciate this is a lot to take in, but we hope we’ve made things a bit simpler to understand.
We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any changes and updates in the coming weeks and months, and keep you in the loop.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, or if you have a project that you’d like our help with, then be sure to get in touch.
Just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d love to work with you.