Land off Sand Road
Great Gransden

Landscape

The site is not constrained by national or local landscape designations and there is little intervisibility with the Conservation Area.

The site’s most immediate character influence is 21st century development to the immediate north and the mid-20th century development to the west.

The site is situated on the south east facing slope of a localised valley and as a result has a relatively contained visual envelope.

As part of our proposals we will include an extensive landscape scheme, retaining the hedgerows and trees where possible and providing additional planting.

Ecology

A number of ecological surveys have been undertaken and are ongoing to assess the biodiversity value of the site. The majority of the site is of low ecological importance with limited opportunities for protected and notable species.

There are no statutory or non-statutory designated sites of conservation value within the site.

Ecological impacts will be avoided through sensitive scheme design, including the retention of boundary hedgerows and a stream corridor which will deliver a net gain in biodiversity value.

Heritage

There are no known archaeology or heritage designations within or adjacent to the site and no archaeological features or deposits have previously been recorded at the site.

The separation of the site from the Conservation Area and listed buildings by modern development ensures that the settings of these heritage assets will not be harmed by the proposals.

A programme of archaeological trial trenching to investigate and record any deposits will be undertaken prior to any development.

Transport & Access

A Transport Statement will be submitted as part of the planning application to consider site access, sustainable access, traffic generation and distribution and highway safety.

Access to the site for all modes of transport will be provided from a new priority T-junction to be formed with Sand Road. The design of this junction will be informed by traffic data collected on Sand Road within the vicinity of the site frontage. Footways within the site will tie in with those existing on Sand Road in order to facilitate pedestrian access.

The traffic forecast to be generated by the proposals and its subsequent distribution onto the highway network will be informed by surveys of a street serving a similar number of dwellings within the vicinity of the site in order to consider the proposals in the local context.

Drainage & Flood Risk

A Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) will be submitted as part of the outline planning application. The Site falls within an area classified as Flood Zone 1 (Low Probability of Flooding). These are areas assessed as having a less than 1 in 1000 annual probability of flooding from rivers or the sea. This is the lowest classified risk category.

The risk of flooding from other sources, such as surface water and groundwater, is generally considered low. The development area will be sited outside the area of higher surface water flood risk located in the southeastern corner of the site, and also a sufficient distance from the stream to minimise any flood risk from this source.

The proposals will follow best practice regarding site drainage to ensure that any surface water runoff from the development is managed by attenuation and controlled discharge, which will ensure flood risk is not increased elsewhere. Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), will be utilised to control surface water flows from the site which will likely be discharged to the stream to the southeast of the site. All surface water drainage options will take account of local ground conditions and ground levels.

Site Constraints and Opportunities Plan