Syntegra’s ecologists work closely with our clients to help guide them through the planning process in line with the requirements of The National Planning Policy Framework. We offer bespoke mitigation, compensation and enhancement measures for each project.
- LEMP (Landscape and Ecology Management Plans)
A Landscape and Ecological Management Plan (LEMP) is a site-specific document that details immediate and long-term commitments to manage the planting, protection, and enhancement of biodiversity in and around a new development site. These measures will be in accordance with wildlife legislation, National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), and other local plans and planning policies. They include design plans, programs, specifications, monitoring requirements, responsibilities, and costs.
LEMPs are typically required for development and conservation projects such as solar farms, woodland restoration, sustainable homes assessment, protected species licensing, and building research establishment environmental assessment methodology (BREEAM), among others.
- Landscape Design
Landscape design involves the strategic planning and arrangement of outdoor areas, aiming to craft practical, aesthetically pleasing, and harmonious spaces. This artful practice entails thoughtfully combining diverse elements like vegetation, trees, shrubs, hardscape components (such as walkways, patios, and barriers), water elements, lighting, and ornamental features to attain a unified and visually captivating outdoor ambiance.
Landscape designers strive to strike a balance between a site’s innate characteristics and the preferences and requirements of people, all while considering ecological, environmental, and sustainability principles. The design process typically encompasses the ensuing stages:
- Site Analysis:
- Conceptual Design:
- Design Development:
- Construction Documentation:
- Planting and Maintenance:
- Landscape Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA)
Landscape Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) constitutes a methodical and analytic procedure employed to appraise and gauge the potential visual consequences of planned developments or projects on the nearby landscape and visual surroundings. This technique finds frequent application in urban and environmental planning, architecture, and landscape design, facilitating an understanding of the manner in which novel undertakings might influence the visual attributes and excellence of a locale.
LVIA entails a methodically structured approach for dissecting and forecasting how alterations to the landscape, such as erecting structures, infrastructure, or other edifices, will impact the visual perception of the vicinity.
LVIA evaluations and reports supply valuable insights to decision-makers, developers, and communities during the assessment and decision-making phases of proposed projects. The prime aim of LVIA is to ensure that emerging developments either enhance or, at the very least, do not significantly diminish the visual characteristics and identity of a region. This endeavour fundamentally contributes to a more contemplative and conscientious approach to planning and design.
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