Discharge of condition – landscaping

 

Landscape conditions for approved planning applications

 

When planning consent is approved for development, this is usually given subject to planning conditions. These conditions may relate to landscaping and ask for detailed information to be provided.

There are often conditions attached to planning permissions that need further details, for example, samples of materials. This additional information must be submitted to us for formal agreement – known as ‘discharge of conditions’.

When planning permission is granted subject to conditions, it’s the responsibility of the applicant, or any subsequent developer, to ensure that the terms of all conditions are met in full.  The conditions will outline specific points in your development when details should be submitted to us for approval.

With over 20 years’ experience we can offer developers and architects help with part or all of their landscape conditions please get in touch: – [email protected]

Landscaping scheme

 

Where a scheme for the landscaping of a site is required, this refers to the need for any or all of the following to be provided in written and or drawn form:

  • Drawings showing location of existing landscape features (trees, shrubs, planted areas, hedges etc.) including a tree survey if there are significant numbers of trees, and the loss or retention of any of this vegetation in the proposals.
  • Location and retention of historic landscape features.
  • Sketch and detail design drawings and written specifications for hard landscape features for example: paving, surfaces, edgings, steps, boundary treatments, lighting, street furniture, car parks, structures, play equipment, storage areas, cycling facilities, signage, areas of gravel, boulders, fountains and other elements in the external works.
  • Sketch and detail design drawings and written specifications for soft landscape features eg: earthmoving and changes to site contours, removing or filling with soil, including levels information or cross sections to indicate any significant changes in levels. Also: areas to be seeded, covered by turf or planted with trees, shrubs, groundcover, herbaceous planting, hedges, natural watercourses, ponds, etc.
  • Where appropriate, visuals and photos to demonstrate the visual impact of a development.
  • Measures for the protection of trees and vegetation to be retained.
  • Details associated with temporary access roads, compounds, storage areas for construction.

Planting plans

 

As well as showing the areas to be planted with different plant material at an appropriate scale on a plan, a schedule should also be provided to cover this information:

  • name of plant (English and/or Latin names)
  • number of plants in each specific planted area (or location and number of trees)
  • size of plants to be planted, whether bare-root or container grown
  • density of plants to be planted – how many plants per m2 of planted area, in the case of plants other than trees
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Maintenance schedules & Management Plans

 

The landscape maintenance and management plan can form part of the planning submission. The landscape establishment document specification will set out performance of the required soft landscape maintenance works during a 12 month period.

With over 20 years’ experience we can offer developers and architects help with part or all of their landscape conditions please get in touch: – [email protected]