Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) have resolved to grant planning permission for a residential development at Cranbrook, Kent, on an allocated site in the High Weald AONB. Originally submitted in March 2016, the outline application is for up to 180 residential units with associated infrastructure and access. FPCR were appointed by Persimmon Homes South East to provide masterplanning services, co-ordinate the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and to carry out the Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment which formed one of the chapters of the ES. FPCR developed the Parameters Plan, Green Infrastructure Strategy and Design & Access Statement which were submitted as part of the original application.
Due to the location of the site within the AONB, further work has been carried out to satisfy the requirements of TWBC which has involved working closely with other members of the design team, especially heritage, ecology, planning and transport consultants. The parameters plan was further developed and subsequent information was submitted including an addendum to the ES which included photomontages, a Design Principles document to provide additional detail on the design vision for the development, a Landscape and Ecology Management Plan and detailed proposals for the access treatment.
Detailed design work is now being carried out for a Reserved Matters application.