Tree Frontiers were appointed by Vistry Group to undertake an updated tree survey of a parcel of land set for residential development. One of the driving constraints of the development was to ensure that the unusually high proportion of Ancient Semi Natural Woodland (ASNW) and trees subject to Tree Preservation Orders were retained and incorporated within the proposals. The results of our survey allowed the designers to successfully propose a scheme which minimised tree removal and protected the retained trees during the development process.
Vistry Group was formed in 2020 and has become one of the country’s leading homebuilders, incorporating several well-known brands including Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Countryside Homes. North Whiteley is a large-scale development site near Curbridge in Hampshire. Following outline planning consent on the land in 2014, the individual parcels were set for residential development. Vistry Group inherited parcels 12c-16 to progress to a Reserved Matters application.
Vistry Group required our services in order to assist them in the design phase of the development. Their aim was to incorporate the existing trees and ensure tree retention without compromising on the overall housing density required for the land parcels.
Steve has been involved in the wider development scheme at North Whiteley since 2013, when working for Lockhart Garratt. During this time he assisted with the original baseline tree surveys, the preparation of outline reports and plans, as well as onsite supervision in the form of an Arboricultural Clerk of Works (ACoW) for the main infrastructure for the development. This history and experience of not only the site, but liaising with Winchester City Council in relation to tree management across the site, meant we were the preferred consultant for the scheme.
We carried out an updated arboricultural survey of the existing trees within the land parcels. Through our experience on the wider development scheme, we were able to advise the design team around the potential impacts to adjacent ancient woodland, as well as a large number of TPO’d trees. Following our advice, the scheme was finalised with minimal tree removal and no impacts to the irreplaceable habitat and from this we drew up an Arboricultural Impact Assessment. This included an Arboricultural Method Statement which outlined the best practice measures to be adopted during the development process to ensure retained trees would be protected throughout the construction process.
Our reports were submitted as part of the overall reserved matters submission to Winchester City Council. Consent was granted in June 2022 and construction works are now complete across the majority of the individual land parcels.
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