Landscape and Planning Services

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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.

Our methods are wholly consistent with the latest Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (3rd Edition) produced by the Landscape Institute and IEMA.

ESP have a wealth of experience in scoping and conducting LVIA reports for individual planning requirements, Environmental Statements and Planning Inquiries. We believe that a thorough assessment of receptors and detailed baseline review of landscape character is fundamental for a comprehensive assessment of the visual and material effects of a development within the landscape.

Our risk matrix provides a single powerful management tool for controlling environmental issues. It allows any potential environmental impact to be linked to the appropriate legislation, procedures, targets or audits against any area of business.

ESP uses industry-standard digital terrain modelling software, LSS, which enables us to work closely with the project team’s geologist in order to ensure we attain the best out of the site.

We perform detailed volume calculations of minerals and waste to design the effectual materials movement scheme and progressive restoration, whilst minimising costs.

Developers are frequently faced with the challenge of realising the full potential of their sites for development, without jeopardising 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. ESP is able to help developers fully explore the constraints and opportunities of their land. Our strategic advice and scoping reports have helped clients conceive sustainable development proposals which maximise the value of their holdings whilst gaining approval from regulators.

Landscapes require prudent management to maximise their value to us and to nature. In the case of restored landscapes, in particular post mineral workings, the ‘aftercare’ of a site can be critical to engaging stakeholders and gaining planning consent.

ESP provides management plans for a range of land uses; each specifically tailored to the needs our client. We aim to achieve the most efficient and practicable techniques and technologies relative to specific development and restoration projects.

While some may see this as an implicit part of any landscape project, we believe that intuitive design and intelligent planting can make the difference between a ‘standard scheme’ and one that is truly sustainable.

ESP is able to draw upon 25 years of experience and interest in landscape design and ecology to deliver landscaping schemes which fit the setting.

Planning Inquiries and the appeals process can be daunting and extremely risky for any developer or contesting party especially due to the high costs and importance of the decisions that are made.

ESP’s Co-Director and chartered landscape architect Keith Hampshire CMLI has a wealth of experience to draw upon when it comes to giving evidence as Expert Witness.Keith has worked on a range of cases from large scale housing schemes in the green belt to the extension of large minerals developments in visually sensitive locations.

Landscape and Visual effects are often debated in contentious circumstances and on tenuous grounds. In such circumstances the contribution of a chartered landscape architect with experience at this stage in the planning process is tremendously valuable.

High quality graphic presentation and accurate modelling of a development proposal 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 of 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 present to 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. 

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