Project Summary

To obtain approval; Urban Forestry Group was asked to provide a detailed landscape proposal at the scale of 1:200 for a nine plot residential housing scheme in Liverpool to satisfy ‘Planning Condition 9’ sections A-F

This landscape scheme at Alamein Road in Huyton, Liverpool, has been approved by Knowsley Council Planning department.

This work was completed, approved by the client and submitted to Knowsley Council Planning department within 5 working days.

The cost to the client was: £480.00 – there was no VAT

See below for full project details:

What we were asked to do:

Urban Forestry Group was asked to undertake a landscape design proposal for the above site address to satisfy ‘Planning Condition 9’. This planning condition consisted of six sections and requirements A-F as described below:Planning condition 9:

The development hereby permitted shall not be commenced until a detailed landscaping scheme has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The scheme shall be submitted at a scale of 1:200 and shall include the following:

  1. The exact location and species of all existing trees and other planting to be retained.
  2. All proposals for new planting and turfing indicating the location, species, size, specifications, numbers and planting densities per sq m of all new planting.
  3. This shall include a minimum of 3 trees to the site frontage at a minimum size of 30-35cm girth.
  4. An outline specification for ground preparation.
  5. All proposed hard landscape elements and pavings, including layout materials and colours.
  6. The proposed arrangements and specifications for initial establishment maintenance and longer term maintenance of all planted and/or turfed areas.

Site layout problems:

Analysis of the original site layout plan as seen on the PDF viewer above illustrated:

  1. Six existing mature trees situated on the northern boundary are to be removed that conflict with the proposed car parking spaces.
  2. Positioning of wooden planter boxes should be re-positioned relation to public access.
  3. Road edges considered too narrow for pedestrian pathways adjacent to site entrance.
  4. The size of the three required trees [planning condition C] to the site frontage at minimum 30-35cm girth was too large, given the space available.
  5. Definition the spatial outline / positions for the areas marked up as tarmac, block pavings and flagstone.
  6. This site is partly overlooked by residential housing with a various boundary post and concrete panel fences which is currently covered in graffiti and run down.


  1. Recommend to the client that we retain one mature tree that had a BS: 5837 ‘Trees in relation to Construction’ Category A rated tree.
  2. Due to close proximity of car parking spaces reposition the six wooden planter boxes to allow for safe public access.
  3. Plant up the narrow spaces adjacent and either side of the site entrance with decorative, evergreen Box hedging.
  4. Use three smaller Heavy Standard trees at 3m – 4m height, to be planted at the site frontage.
  5. Following the recommendations of the BS: 5837 Tree Survey; the proposed landscaping design as above was incorporated around the retained trees.
  6. Please refer to the KEY on the proposed landscape plan [bottom right] the outlines the material, trees and shrubs used for the hard and soft landscaping.

Final landscape proposal:

Introduced decorative seasonally flowering climbing plants to soften the boundary fence and selected small garden fruit trees to create a mini orchard which will provide screening between the properties.

We produced a final landscape design which included detailed specifications for ground preparation, a 3 year management establishment plan for trees, shrubs and turf; which was submitted to the client within one week for planning approval.

Urban Forestry Group satisfied the requirements of all the ‘planning condition 9’ [A-F] as above.
Cost to the Customer:

£480.00 – there is no VAT

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Soft Landscaping Checklist

To enable Urban Forestry Group to provide you with a landscape design plan, the more information we have prior to the design the quicker we can produce your landscape drawing. Please use the following checklist to provide us with the site listed information where available:

  • Electronic AutoCAD site layout plan with the area boundaries requiring soft landscaping clearly marked.
  • Boundary treatments of areas requiring soft landscaping clearly marked and described.
  • Doubled-up space e.g. seating / children’s play area.
  • All footpaths and walkthroughs clearly marked.
  • Accurate north sign.
  • Positions of all existing trees vegetation including; site features such as hedges, water courses.
  • Tree and shrub species for retention.
  • Details of trees and vegetation to be removed.
  • A clear key.
  • Copies of any planning conditions, guidelines or environmental reports; relating to soft landscaping.
  • Details of Tree Preservation Orders [TPO], Conservation Areas and / or Special Site Status.
  • Site history.
  • New planting timescale.
  • Soil type.
  • Site photographs and or details of surrounding land use and structure e.g. tall trees, railway, housing.
  • A brief description of your site aims.