Quality landscape should form an integral part of any development and should be an on-going asset to the local community. It should be appropriate and sympathetic to its setting, and maximise opportunities for wildlife and ecology.
Why and when should a landscape scheme be submitted?
Typical landscape issues for the applicant to consider include:
- protection of valuable trees and landscape features
- site setting, access and layout
- tree and shrub planting
- impact on neighbouring properties and screening
- reinstatement of the site after works
- paving, walling and fencing materials
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Planning guidance - Doncaster landscape character types: tree and shrub planting
- Planning Guidance - Tree and Shrub Planting
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This document lists locally characteristic trees and shrubs for the different Landscape Types in Doncaster, which are:
- Coalfields Farmlands
- Coalfields River Corridor
- Limestone Plateau
- Limestone Corridor
- Settled Clay Farmlands
- Peat Moorlands
- River Valley Carrlands
- Limestone River Valleys
- Sandland Heaths and Farmland
The native species listed are adapted to the environmental conditions in these areas and support far greater diversity of associated plants and animals than non-indigenous species.
The planning authority has a duty to support local biodiversity and therefore it encourages the planting of these trees and shrubs wherever appropriate.
Landscape Character and Capacity Study
In 1994 DTA Environment and Ashmead Price carried out a landscape assessment of Doncaster with the main objectives of classifying the borough into areas of similar character and identifying Areas of Special Landscape Value (ASLV), which should be protected to preserve their high quality and distinctiveness. A recent landscape character and capacity study was commissioned in 2006 to update this research and reflect changes in the landscape.
Aims of the study
Unlike the previous study, the Landscape Character and Capacity Study assesses the capacity of the landscape to accommodate different types of development including housing, strategic employment, minerals and waste, large-scale forestry and renewable energy. It forms part of the evidence base for the Local Plan and develops clearly defined criteria to help assess the impact of proposed development on the landscape. It will be used in the determination of current and future planning applications. Part 3 of the document provides general landscape design principles for development types.
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