In addition to the summary guidance notes below please refer to the leaflets available for download at the top of this page that provide further guidance on landscape matters.
It is important that existing trees and hedgerows are protected, especially as new tree planting takes many years to make a significant effect on the landscape. Sedgemoor District Council's development control powers can be used to secure new planting and the retention of existing trees and hedgerows where appropriate on a new development site. The Council will therefore expect proposals for development and redevelopment of land to include appropriate measures for the retention of existing vegetation.
Planning permission will be refused where trees or hedgerows of good quality or landscape or wildlife significance would not be retained.
Where existing trees or hedgerows form a significant feature of development or redevelopment sites, Sedgemoor District Council will:
The appearance and treatment of the spaces between and around buildings is of equal importance to the design of the buildings themselves. Landscape considerations should therefore form an integral part of design and layout.
New development, particularly where there is little or no existing vegetation can appear at variance with its setting for a substantial period of time. New planting helps to soften the immediate impact of the development and helps to enhance the immediate surroundings in terms of its appearance and nature conservation value. It is essential that planting schemes are prepared as an integral part of the development and considered at an early stage in preparing a planning application.
Selection of appropriate native species of trees and shrubs for individual planting schemes is vital and regard should be given to location, ground conditions and local landscape context.