Green Infrastructure Plan
This site presents a great opportunity to deliver an exceptional development that works with the green and open features present.
The site contains extensive areas of open space and other green space, which is collectively referred to as the Green Infrastructure Strategy. The Strategy integrates ecological networks with landscape features, flood control measures, cultural associations with the landscape as well as a network of routes for pedestrians and recreation. The key features of the Green Infrastructure Strategy include:
- Conservation Park containing retained ecological features including hedgerows, deciduous woodland, field ditches and conversion of agricultural land into meadow grassland;
- Sustainable Urban Drainage systems provide a comprehensive network of features to rapidly filter and redistribute drained surface water into the green corridors;
- central pylon corridor includes low level planting with seasonal interest;
- the setting to Toot Baldon is respected by ensuring the south-eastern corner of the site is kept free of development and lighting and is heavily planted with trees to provide screening; ąą urban shared space off Grenoble Road integrates the existing stream into a reprofiled channel that features retained, pollarded willow trees;
- Sandford Brake Community Wildlife Site is retained and additional broadleaf woodland is proposed to extend this feature to the southern boundary, as well as provide tree canopy shelter for wildlife;
- Thames Viewpoint provides long-distance views towards the River Thames from within the site and contains new woodland that creates a soft buffer to this localised area of high ground, screening the development in views from the Thames Path;
- Shakespeare’s Way is a locally promoted public right of way that has been integrated into the masterplan, and features new tree and low-level shrub planting to provide filtered views across the site, while offering new opportunities for onward pedestrian and recreation connections throughout the site.