LCA12B River Bourne Valley
Landscape Strategy and Guidelines
The River Bourne Valley landscape has been eroded by the development
of Shipton Bellinger and the main roads running through the area.
The overall strategy is to restore the pastoral character of the
River Bourne Valley and seek opportunities to reinforce the pattern
of valley floor vegetation.
Seek opportunities to create separation between the built form
and open valley bottom to restore a sense of seclusion
Ensure that new planting reflects the characteristics of a winterbourne
Seek opportunities to revert to unintensive grassland management
Replace hedgerows to recreate a small field pattern
Woodland and Trees
Seek opportunities to remove conifer planting and replace with
native woodland species, with preference given to the creation of
wet woodland habitats
Monitor water levels and seek opportunities to prevent the loss
of wetland habitats
Maintain and enhance existing parkland features
Land Use and Development
Care to be taken to avoid visually intrusive development within
Seek opportunities to provide new planting along the roadsides
in character with the winterbourne landscape
Development to be small in scale and well sited, taking advantage
of vegetation cover, to conserve the sense of remoteness and tranquillity
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