Belton Woods - Lincolnshire
This project involved the siting of lodges on the
edge of a golf course, with an associated access road and car parking.
South Kesteven Planning Department were concerned
about views from various locations around Grantham, and the loss
of trees in the area in general.
Astell Associates conducted a tree survey and assessment,
from which areas of woodland were found with little importance to
wildlife (exotic Poplar areas) and in these areas, lodges, roads
and car parks were created. Management proposals were implemented
that removed the area of Poplar and thinned the remaining Poplar,
replanting with local and indigenous tree and shrub species. The
oakwood was protected and not affected by the development proposals.
Lodges were to be built on a south facing slope on
the edge of Belton Woods Golf Course. The planning department were
concerned that views from Belmont Tower (National Trust) and some
roads around Grantham would show that the lodges were too prominent
and hence too intrusive on the environment.
Astell Associates carried out visual assessments and
produced photomontages that demonstrated the views of the areas
of concern. Three dimensional imaging was used to build up proposed
lodges and their landscaping. These images clearly demonstrated
that the lodges would not be too intrusive in the environment.
The woodland survey was used to design tree protection
and the environmental assessment highlighted the two badger setts
which could then be protected by ensuring that no development occurred
within or near this sensitive area. Following development of the
first two lodge phases, the badgers still occupy their two setts
and are a continuing source of pleasure to many people who watch
them in the evenings.