Never underestimates the value of landscaping. Here we look into what value a landscaped space brings to an area. As well as how it can play a huge role in the success of a development proposal.

One common reason housing developments fail to secure planning permission is due to opposition from local communities. Landscaping, however, can go a long way in winning over local support. In this latest green insight, we look into how.

The value of landscaping

A housing proposal that is sensitively sited in relation to the existing landscape, and enhances rather than detracts from the character of the local area, is far more likely to win local backing. By involving a landscape professional early in the process, developments are shown to enhance local areas through improved public spaces. This include elements like walking and cycling routes alongside increased tree planting. These elements work together to create opportunities for a greener, healthier and more active lifestyle in the area. A study found that almost nine out of 10 people use their local parks and green spaces. In fact, 48% of whom use these spaces at least once a week.

Focusing on making a positive contribution to the whole neighbourhood, showing that the project can deliver real gains for the existing community and demonstrating that the new housing will therefore lead to increased house prices for all can smooth the planning process and help to overcome any objections.

Research by CABE revealed 91% of the public believe that public parks and open spaces improve quality of life. Additionally, 74% believe that parks and open spaces are important to people’s health, mental and physical wellbeing. As you can see, the majority of people value the proximity to landscaped space.

Greater value for developers

Good-quality landscaping is highly cost effective. Whilst a comparatively low-cost part of a development scheme, landscaping has a huge visual impact and gives a whole space it’s character. It enables added property value, faster sales and positive customer perceptions. The most popular developments are normally the greenest, leafiest ones. Leading housing developers often use landscape design to set themselves apart from their competitors, providing their developments with visual distinction and can feature prominently in their marketing materials.

Flexibility of green infrastructure

Green infrastructure refers to a ‘a network that provides the “ingredients” for solving urban and climatic challenges by building with nature.’ It is capable of delivering natural drainage, cleaner air and urban cooling, while also providing public amenity space. Due to this flexibility and adaptability, it often represents a more efficient use of land and delivers better value for money than infrastructure needing expensive technology and high maintenance.

Landscaping – it’s a requirement

Sustainable development is a national planning requirement, and a landscape-led approach can help achieve it. The public realm of any development creates the social ‘glue’ that enables the place to function. Of the 12 national standards under Building for Life 12, 11 require a landscape-led approach to achieve a green light. A well-designed network of streets, public spaces and community facilities, for example, creates a successful and healthy community.

Bringing the value of landscaping to your development

Valley Provincial have been greening London with outstanding landscapes and planting displays for over 40 years. So, if you’re looking to work alongside an established, experienced landscaping contractor please contact our team of experts today.

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