Appendix C: Landscape Design Consideration for Holiday Parks
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Matters which need to be addressed in preparing a layout/landscaping plan include the following:
- The creation of an appropriate link with the surrounding landscape (e.g. a dense tree belt may be appropriate in a heavily treed part of the countryside, but in an open landscape may draw attention to the development rather than allowing it to blend into the surrounding countryside).
- Appropriate boundary treatment, taking account of point 1 above and reflecting needs for shelter, screening and privacy. Buffer zones of at least three metres in width should be retained and kept free of development on the inside of all boundaries.
- Informal layout of caravan units/motor homes/chalets characterised by the use small informal clusters separated by appropriate landscaping and the avoidance of ‘regimented’ rows of units that typically results in a detrimental visual impact ( a ‘sea’ of caravans effect).
- The avoidance of long straight lines for roads and paths with due regard to the protection of key views from the holiday park. An exception to this may arise where an avenue is an appropriate design element.
- Integration of ancillary buildings, hard landscaping and facilities such as car parks and water points by reflecting local design characteristics, the use of local materials and appropriate planting. The use of muted colours (usually green tones) for caravan units / chalets may be appropriate particularly for those close to site boundaries.
- The use of permeable surfaces for caravan pitches, hard landscaped areas and car parking in order to safeguard against flood risk through surface water run off.
Appropriate planning and selection of planting taking account of function, suitability for prevailing soil and climatic conditions (e.g. coastal environments), durability, seasonal changes and ease of maintenance. Planting will be required for a variety of functions including:
- linking the holiday park into its wider landscape setting;
- enhancing the visual character of the development and promoting a distinctive sense of place;
- boundary treatment and screening;
- creating visual diversity in the layout;
- integrating public and private open spaces into the design of the holiday park;
- softening the visual impact of accommodation units and ancillary buildings and facilities; and
- adding definition and interest to accesses, particularly footpaths and cycle tracks.
- Retention and enhancement of existing natural features such as ponds, copses of trees and hedgerows. This may also apply in some instances to archaeology and features of the built heritage and their settings.
The provision of communal open space should be considered as an integral part of the design in order to:
- meet formal and informal recreation and amenity open space needs;
- contribute to the attractiveness of the development;
- create a safe, convenient and accessible space for all holiday park users, particularly children, the elderly and people with disabilities;
- reduce the need for people to seek open space outside the park; and
- enhance security through providing opportunity for on site activity.
Reliance on the use of residual areas of unused land for open space provision will not be acceptable.