Langarth Farm, Truro
CEC were commissioned to provide masterplanning and landscape design input for a 1500 home mixed use development near Truro. CEC worked closely with the client, architect and our ecology team from the outset to develop a landscape-led masterplan which responds to the brief, site conditions and a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, also carried out by CEC. This culminated in an outline planning application accompanied by a Design and Access Statement, submitted in July 2011, and a supportive Design Review Panel.
Central to the design concept is a Green Infrastructure strategy, led by CEC and developed by the whole team including architects, engineers and ecologists. As such an interconnected network of multifunctional green spaces run through the site. As part of the design process, CEC also developed a play strategy (‘Playable Langarth’) and a food strategy (‘Edible Langarth’) which set out the many play and food opportunities across the whole site.
This approach manifested itself in a set of design principles and parameters, covering the landscape and architecture of the proposals. A network of retained features including Cornish hedges, stream corridors and a green lane provide a framework for green space across the site while ensuring the landscape character and ecological value of the development are fundamental to the design. CEC worked closely with the architects to ensure that the relationship between architecture and landscape is a positive one, meeting the needs of future residents.