Guiding the successful development of a sensitive site.

The Wood Farm site in Harrow previously comprised a farm and rubbish tip, forming an expanse of publicly inaccessible open space surrounded by Country Park. Several unsuccessful planning applications had sought to develop part of the site for residential development and new public open space. The site is within the Harrow Weald Ridge Area of Special Character and views from the site over the London skyline are designated as a Landmark Viewing Corridor and a Wider Setting Conservation Area.

LUC’s involvement was vital in enabling the successful development of the site, ultimately delivering low-density housing and providing new accessible natural greenspace as an extension to the existing country park.

We first visited Wood Farm in 2003, to provide landscape architecture and ecology support. Then in 2011 we were commissioned by Jaysam Contractors to help turn around significant opposition to the scheme, delivering detailed landscape design proposals including ecological enhancements to facilitate the associated housing development. This included updating ecological surveys, and developing and delivering ecological mitigation (including under European Protected Species licensing for bats).

LUC also prepared a Landscape and Habitat Management Plan, a key planning condition, to ensure the long term delivery of high quality open space as an asset for the local community and wildlife. This document also formed the basis of the hand-over of the country park extension to the Council, outlining the resources needed to ensure ongoing delivery of the management plan objectives.

For landscape planning and management guidance, even in challenging and sensitive locations, please contact Richard Hannay, Peter Lawrence or John Adams.