FPCR were commissioned to undertake the environmental site surveys, landscape and visual resources assessments and masterplanning for two applications on land at Tickow Lane Shepshed.
The first phase presented an opportunity to retain the sites special features including veteran trees and species rich hedgerows. A number of young trees within the roadside verge needed to be removed to allow a new mains sewer and road junction to be constructed. Following consultation with the developer and local authority the trees were moved, using a tree spade, to areas of public open space within the site. The mature trees and hedgerows within the site were retained and enhanced within wide green corridors and areas of open space.
A strategic open space was located adjacent to the site entrance which includes areas of mature vegetation, new planting, footpath links and the sites drainage facilities including the pumping station and attenuation basin. Working alongside the borough council ecologists the attenuation basin has vegetated naturally post the initial planting scheme. Phase 1 was for 85 dwellings, open space, green corridors linking to surrounding areas and an equipped area of play. Phase 2 of the development has now gained consent for 380 dwellings.