We recently obtained planning consent for 7 luxury holiday lodges set within the woodland off Crich Lane, Belper.
The site is very sensitive in planning terms as it lies within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Buffer Zone and is covered by a tree preservation order (TPO) for the entire woodland. The success comes after a long period of negotiation and discussion with both the council and the World Heritage site panel, both of whom were content with the final application which was approved at committee. The approved scheme is very innovative, combining expertise in arboriculture, planning and structural design to provide solutions to a site which is technically very difficult to develop due to physical constraints such as a steep, sloping gradient and a relatively dense woodland. Due to the high level of protection afforded to the trees it was important that the impact on the trees were kept to a minimum. Jon Coe Tree Services provided expert advice and an in depth method statement of how the development could be integrated into the woodland without causing significant harm to existing trees.
Bayliss Consulting, a firm of local structural engineers, designed a bespoke foundation system that allows the piled foundations to avoid major tree roots and provide structure for the cabins on such a steep slope. The result is a development that will blend into the existing woodland and provide spectacular holiday lodges whilst remaining inconspicuous within the surrounding landscape.
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