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David Wilson Homes – overturning an LPA decision

A solution to satisfy all stakeholders


At Lockhart Garratt we are often engaged by developers to undertake research for planning submissions. One of the UK’s largest housebuilders, David Wilson Homes enlisted our help after being refused planning permission for a water balancing facility within a small woodland on its Gresley site in Derbyshire. We were tasked with delivering a solution that would overturn the Local Planning Authority (LPA)’s decision that it would be unacceptable to replace a recently planted wildlife wood with what was perceived to be an unattractive balancing lagoon that would only be partially wet for most of the year.

After undertaking a detailed evaluation of the tree resource within the woodland, Lockhart Garratt worked closely with David Wilson homes and their engineers Rogers Leask to design a revised water balancing scheme that recognised the importance of the trees and woodland on the site by integrating them into the water balancing solution.

Benefits of the revised proposals included the retention of 90% of the existing woodland, the creation of nearly 0.5ha of new native woodland and new public access with the creation of over 1000m of surfaced pathways, boarded walkways and viewing platforms. The LPA agreed to this ecologically sound new plan that enhanced the existing woodland for wildlife and residents alike.

Key Features

  • Effective integration with National Forest strategy and targets with the potential for wider conservation status
  • Community involvement and educational opportunities including tree planting events and the involvement of local schools with signage design
  • Project led to the creation of a second water balancing facility at Hall Wood, incorporating the creation of 3ha of new native woodland

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