Scoping and Feasibility Studies

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ESP believe in a partnership approach to planning and designing sustainable landscapes. We work together with our clients, design teams and authorities to create solutions that add value to the development, the environment and wider society.

Scoping & Feasibility Studies

Developers are frequently faced with the challenge of realising the full potential of their sites for development, without jeopardizing the likelihood of gaining planning approval. It is also the case that many inappropriate developments arise as a result of a lack of consideration of the true range of valid alternatives.


As a practice whose directors who are a chartered landscape architect and chartered surveyor, our extensive experience across a diverse array of sectors means that ESP is able to help developers fully explore the constraints and opportunities of their land. Our strategic advice and scoping reports have helped clients to conceive sustainable development proposals which maximise the value of their holdings whilst gaining approval from regulators.


At Jones Boatyard in Cambridgeshire, ESP helped the Jones' Brothers get permission to extend a marina development on the Great Ouse River.  The marina extension is enabled by the extraction of sand and gravel at a sensitive location on the outskirts of historic St Ives.



Digital Terrain Models & Photomontage

High quality graphic presentation and accurate modelling of a development proposal are truly vital tools for communicating a developer's plans for a site. The quality of such models and images can mean the difference between positive and negative engagement with stakeholders and regulators.

At ESP we spend a great deal of time and effort modelling developments in sophisticated Digital Terrain Modelling (DTM) software, particularly when it is crucial to the visual impact of the site, or its long term working and restoration objectives. Accurate modelling not only makes a more robust case to put in front of planning authorities, but also enables better photomontage and graphic visualisation. The rendered images we are able to produce enables regulators and stakeholder groups to better understand the likely visual impact of the site at different stages of the development. When presented with along with clear and honest case from the developer.

Moreton Valance Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Gloucestershire is an excellent example of the way in which modelling and photomontage can influence the design of a development to gain planning approval.