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Pye Homes, Sutton Courtenay – planning permission for housing development

When appearances are important


Pye Homes has been building houses around the Oxfordshire region and further afield since 1927 and are keen to maintain their reputation for building high quality properties.

Lockhart Garratt has worked on several development projects in collaboration with Pye Homes. Recently, we were asked to support them in putting together a planning application for 34 residential dwellings on greenfield land in Sutton Courtenay, near Didcot, Oxfordshire. With the development located in an attractive Oxfordshire village, Pye Homes considered it crucial to ensure that the development complemented its surroundings with design plans that included the use of reconditioned brick and stone.  

With landscaping forming another important part of the planning process, the company consulted Lockhart Garratt at the initial stage of the design process to assist in the landscape elements of the development. This entailed a full valuation of the potential impact that the development was likely to have on the landscape through a full Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) in order to support the planning application.

The results were fed back to the design team at Pye Homes to ensure that an element of ‘designed-in mitigation’ was in place to minimise any negative visual impact the development might cause. This was achieved through screening and filtering views in order to offer maximum green infrastructure benefit, using both native and non-native trees to ensure biodiversity. The carefully thought-out application was successful and Pye Homes were granted planning permission for a development of the 34 properties on what is now an NHBC award winning site.

Key Features

  • Public areas planted with fruit trees and play areas utilised tree trunks and earth mounds to encourage imaginative play
  • Native trees used to improve biodiversity and non-native trees included for long-term security against climate change
  • Simple shrub planting used to dress the street scene and complement the architecture

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