Strategic Landscape Character Studies

 

Hampshire County Council has new schools programme include new-build schools and expansions to existing schools across Hampshire. Schools are also being provided as part of wider masterplans for the expansion of town and village areas.

We undertook a Strategic Landscape Character Study on a number of HCC’s sites across the county. The commission was to provide a summary of existing landscape character data and to further this with local characterisation studies, identification of landscape character elements and a landscape site appraisal to form a series of strategic approaches to the planning and landscape design of school sites, which are located in a variety of difference landscape character areas and types.


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Horton Heath - Hampshire

The masterplan is an extension of Horton Heath to the west. The area is primarily pastoral sloping down to tributaries of the River Itchen, hedgerows and copses. The water table is very high and is part of the River Itchen drainage catchment.


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North Whiteley

The proposed masterplan is east of the River Hamble and is an extension to the town of Whiteley. Located in pastoral land with a large area of copse and wet ancient woodland to the east, the field patterns have remained virtually unchanged since enclosure.


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Bordon

A masterplan for the town for the former military base at Bordon with new proposed senior and two junior schools.  Located near Alton the area is rich in woodland and heathland, the site was once within Woolmer Forest, a Royal Hunting Forest. Streams and drains are common and the local area has a concentration of archaeological sites including bronze age barrows and tumuli.