Melton Brook
- enhance existing watercourse and corridor
- create a planting buffer on either side of the new approach road to protect this wildlife corridor

Buffer Zone
(between development & Melton Brook) - retain and enhance existing hedgrows
- maintain local vegetation patterns
- plant native trees to enhance character
- create new wildlife habitats around the proposed SUDs ponds

Parkland
- create a species rich grassland
- plant native specimen trees
- enhance the existing hedgrow by planting of native trees and vegetation

Landscape Character
- maintain the local vegetation patterns so that the new approach road integrates into the local landscape

Visual Screening
- create a planting buffer between the new approach road and the industrial estate

Flowering Meadows
- create distinct areas of different grassland habitats to increase biodiversity and visual interest

Existing Parkland
- enhance the parkland by planting specimen trees creating focal points and enhanced views
- open up the northern and southern end of the lake to create open space by the lake and views over the water

Access

Access

Southern Access

In drawing up our plans, we considered three possible main access points to the development from the south:

  • Option 1 – Via Hilltop Road / Waterside Road
  • Option 2 – to the west of Hamilton Country Park
  • Option 3 – to the east of Hamilton Country Park

We also compared the projected impact each of these access points would have on transport, ecology, planning considerations, urban design and ecology.

This study found that option two would have the least overall impact across these areas, because:

  • The creation of a link road to Sandhills Avenue would adequately accommodate the forecast traffic flows
  • The purpose built link road would provide cycle lanes, crossing points, ample footpaths and should be able to accommodate bus priority measures
  • Landscaping would screen views of the industrial estate and paper mill
  • It would provide excellent access to Hamilton Country Park

Options 1 and 3 were found to be less favourable in the study, in a large part because:

  • They would be less capable of accommodating the forecast traffic flows
  • They performed worse in a safety audit of the proposed access points.

Existing

Access

Routes From Thurmaston