Slaley Hall - Newcastle
Existing planning had been given some years before
for new houses on a north facing slope looking over to Slaley Village.
A spruce woodland bordered the site to the west. The
local parish council had difficulty with the existing proposals
due to the visibilitiy from the north. The proposed units were spread
out, individual plots that gave a suburban feel to the proposal.
Astell Associates carried out an environmental appraisal
and visual impact study. Reports were produced that highlighted
the need to create the individual units behind contoured, tree planted
mounds, to break up their outlines and to reduce their visual impact.
Further developments were to be grouped together, with larger areas
of natural vegetation between them. This would break up the old
uniformity, produce an interesting design and reduce the suburban
Hedgerow planting would further soften the area and
the future views would be of a tree an shrub covered hillside with
occassional views of houses. Following discussions with the local
authority and Slaley Parish Council, these Planning and Environmental
proposals were agreed and implemented.