The Dye London Golf Club Planning Appeal Successful
April 11, 2017
Enplan's appeal, on behalf of Bridgedown Ltd, for an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse and car parking in the Green Belt at Edgware in the London Borough of Barnet received consent from a Planning Inspector on 11th April following a four year planning process, refusal by the Council and subsequent Public Inquiry. The Dye London is set to become a leading golf development for London and the South East and a first UK course for US golf course architects, Dye Designs, designers of several major championship and Ryder Cup courses.

The main issues at the inquiry were:

  1. Whether the appeal proposal would be inappropriate development in the Green Belt for the purpose of development plan policy and NPPF, including consideration of the effects on openness and Green Belt purposes; and
  2. Whether or not the proposal would result in any other harm including character and appearance, biodiversity, public access, highway safety and the effects on existing rural enterprises.

The Inspector concluded that:

"For the reasons set out in this decision, the appeal proposal would preserve openness and would not conflict with the purposes of Green Belt. It therefore follows that it would not be inappropriate development by virtue of not only an absence of harm to the essential characteristics of Green Belt but also a compliance with the objective to enhance Green Belt as a place for access and outdoor sport. I have also had regard to all the matters raised in relation to the appeal proposal and found there would be no tangible harm... As such the appeal proposal, fully accords with the development plan and NPPF and should be approved."

Enplan led the appeal process, instructed leading Counsel Simon Bird QC and provided planning and landscape evidence at the inquiry together with the client's representative, Mark Smith of Smith Leisure and Simon Colenutt of ECOSA.
Milton Keynes Office - One Year In
April 2017
In a busy year Enplan's office in Milton Keynes, led by Richard Hodgetts and ably assisted by Sam Stoker, has had a string of exciting design and planning based landscape commissions, some of the highlights of which include:

  • Landscape and masterplanning services on the Stoneythorpe Village new settlement proposal in Warwickshire;
  • LVIA and landscape design for the redevelopment of the Headley Park Hotel site, near Farnham, Surrey;
  • Hard and soft external works design for 350 units on a 14 ha site at Brackley with Hester Architects; and
  • A recent commission for landscape design work for a contemporary housing scheme in central Bath.
Enplan and Vista merge
April 13, 2016
On 1st April 2016 Enplan merged its business with Vista Landscape Studios. The businesses will trade under the name Enplan with the registered company remaining Enplan UK Limited. Richard Hodgetts BA Hons DipLA CMLI, formerly a Director of Vista, becomes a shareholder Director of Enplan and will lead Enplan's new Milton Keynes office.

Richard has over 20 years of experience and capabilities in masterplanning, sustainable landscape design, urban regeneration, landscape and urban realm design, landscape and townscape visual impact and EIA, both in the UK and overseas. He is an experienced project manager having taken design projects through from feasibility to implementation. In the past he has undertaken senior roles with Farrer Huxley Associates, PRP Architects, Entec UK Ltd and Shankland Cox in the UAE.

Richard and his team will be working on a range of strategy, development and design projects across the Midlands, East Anglia, London, Scotland and overseas.
Mid-Wales Wind Farms Update
April 13, 2016
Enplans long term involvement with the many wind farm and associated infrastructure proposals within Powys County Council continues. Whilst the Inspector at the Mid-Wales Conjoined Wind Farm Public Inquiry concluded largely with the County's position at the inquiry, rejecting proposals at Llanbadarn Fynydd and Llaithddu, Secretary of State Amber Rudd went further and refused permission Carnedd Wen and Llanbrynmair. These latter proposals are the subject of Judicial Review. Enplan recently acted in the role of Case Officer as well as landscape consultants for the Carno III proposal. The Council resolved to accept our recommendation that this wind farm should be approved. Enplan are shortly to appear at the Bryn Blaen Inquiry on behalf of the County Council in support of their objection to this wind farm.