Landscape Site Planning for Development

Landscape site planning seeks to prioritise the natural environment, human activities, and built structures to create functional and sustainable outdoor spaces. This intricate process involves a careful balance between the ecological, social, and economic aspects of a site, with the ultimate goal of transforming spaces into engaging environments.

Providing planning for landscapes can also be used in applications to obtain planning permission when being considered by local planning authorities. The Green Infrastructure Framework in England also highlights landscape planning as an important factor.

Collington Winter Environmental provides a professional team of landscape architects and landscape planners when performing our landscape site planning services. We aim to ensure the best possible outcome for the natural environment when undertaking our projects.

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Steps in landscape site planning

  1. Research and Site Inventory: Gathering data about the site’s natural attributes, climate, and local culture forms the foundation for informed decision-making.
  2. Conceptual Design: This stage involves generating preliminary ideas for layout, circulation, and focal points, aligning them with the site’s context and the desired user experience.
  3. Design Development: Detailed plans emerge, encompassing elements like hardscapes, plantings, lighting, and water features. Attention to scale, proportion, and sustainability is paramount.
  4. Implementation: Actualising the design involves construction, planting, and installation.
  5. Maintenance and Management: A well-planned landscape requires ongoing care to sustain its vitality. A management plan can contribute to the site’s longevity.

How can ecologists help with landscape site planning

Ecologists play a crucial role in landscape site planning by providing valuable insights and expertise to ensure that the designed outdoor spaces are not only aesthetically pleasing but also ecologically sound and sustainable.

Their knowledge of ecosystems, biodiversity, and environmental processes can greatly enhance the planning and design process, leading to more resilient and harmonious landscapes.

Ecologists can conduct thorough site assessments to understand the existing ecological conditions, including soil quality, plant and animal species, water resources, and habitat types. This information forms the foundation for making informed decisions during the planning process.

How can Collington Winter assist?

Collington Winter believe in providing a pragmatic approach to development. We aim to meet the needs of developers whilst ensuring positive outcomes for wildlife. Our landscape designers provide a range of landscape management services, paying careful attention to the characteristics and history of each landscape. This helps to ensure the sustainable and effective care of each landscape plan.

If you would like to find out more about the services we provide or for private and public inquiries with Collington Winter, contact us using the form below. You can also contact our Landscape Architectural Director, Jane Winter, via email at

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