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BA/2017/0435/COND | Variation of condition 2: approved plans, and removal of condition 3: landscaping, of BA/2016/0152/FUL. | Three Rivers Camp Site Station Road Geldeston NR34 0HS
  • Total Consulted: 8
  • Consultees Responded: 3

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District Member

Consultation Date: Thu 04 Jan 2018

District Member

Consultation Date: Mon 05 Mar 2018

Broads Authority Ecology Officers

Consultation Date: Thu 04 Jan 2018

Broads Authority Landscape Officer

Consultation Date: Mon 05 Mar 2018

Parish Council

Consultation Date: Mon 05 Mar 2018

Broads Authority Landscape Officer

Comment Date: Thu 01 Mar 2018


The site lies within LCA 2 local character Area_2_-_Waveney_Valley_A143_to_Geldeston_and_Shipmeadow.pdf
The site lies to the south of the settlement of Geldeston which follows the valley edge.

The proposal in relation to landscaping is that substitution of Drawing no. 1985.2b which shows details of proposed landscaping would fulfil the requirement of Condition 3 to provide a landscaping scheme.

Landscape condition 3 of BA/2016/0152/FUL requires submission of a scheme which indicates species, number and size. (b)
The scheme should also include details of existing trees and hedgerows including species and canopy spread, together with measures for tree protection. (c)
Condition 6 Biodiversity (c) also requires works around trees to be carried out in accordance with BS5837:2012 which covers tree protection.

Drwg No. 1895.2b shows a proposed beech hedge to screen existing sheds and stores. The principle is fine. However I have some concerns about the details:
1. The choice of species, given that Beech may be unlikely to grow well under the canopy of an existing tree.
2. The impact of planting preparation/cultivation on the root protection area of the existing tree.
3. Although the size of Beech plants is indicated (0.9m) and planting distance (600mm apart) there is no mention of the number of plants or whether they would be bare-root or containerised.

In principle I do not consider that it would be reasonable to remove the landscaping condition on the basis that a submitted drawing shows some landscaping, as this isn't a sufficient justification. Without a landscaping condition it is difficult to control implementation and there may be no means to ensure retention of the proposed hedgerow in future.
I suggest that the condition is retained, and that the applicant is asked to submit a revised landscape scheme which meets the requirements of the condition. I don't think that this need be too onerous. The existing tree which would be affected by the proposed hedge needs to be identified and the canopy spread measured. The hedge could either be realigned to skirt around the canopy edge of this tree or the alignment shown could be implemented with a method statement which specified that no cultivation can take place within the root protection area (canopy spread) and planting is carefully carried out by hand.
A mixed native hedge would be more appropriate and successful. It could include a small percentage of Beech along with for example Holly and Hawthorn.

Broads Authority Waterways And Recreation Officers

Comment Date: Fri 19 Jan 2018

No objections

Parish Council

Comment Date: Mon 15 Jan 2018

Supports

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