To be able to build the new homes we will need to remove some trees. However, we have reviewed our plans and changed the road layout to retain more trees, as well as planting more trees than are removed, and planting semi mature trees.
Our latest proposals will see us:
- Plant 41 new trees – 22 more than in the 2010 outline consent
- Retain 11 mature London Plane trees – four more than in the 2010 outline consent
The majority of the new trees will be planted in the public realm and will eventually be adopted by the local council. We’ve been working closely with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to ensure that we have an appropriate mix of species and ages that allow for better maintenance and a more bio-diverse and resilient local environment.
Phase 3 landscaping vision: the key objective
Our landscaping vision for Phase 3 has been established with three key objectives in mind:
- Encourage the local community to cycle, walk and use public transport in a friendly and safe environment
- Create a truly local, everyday space which welcomes all ages and groups
- Enhance biodiversity
We have recently updated our tree survey to understand how it compares with the original tree plan, established in 2010.
Since the original tree survey was carried out 10 years ago, some trees have had to be removed, while new ones have been planted. There are currently 44 trees on the Phase 3 site, compared to 48 outlined in the 2010 tree plan.
Trees strategy: Response to feedback
We are aware that there have been significant concerns raised during the recent Phase 2b works. We have listened to the feedback given by residents and neighbours and have taken the following steps as a result:
- We have carried out another tree survey to make sure that we have a full understanding of what is currently on the site.
- We have updated our plans to retain as many trees as possible. We have also committed to planting as many new trees as we can going forward.
- We have renewed our focus on retaining London Plane trees in particular.
- We are committed to sharing the Phase 3 landscape plans before and after the planning submission.
Updated tree strategy
As part of our new strategy, we have closely examined each tree to understand whether there was the potential to retain and preserve them.
Our proposals for Phase 3 will now see the removal of 33 existing trees on the estate, instead of the 41 we had initially planned to remove. We understand that people may feel strongly about the removal of any existing mature trees on this part of the estate.
We have actively sought new viable solutions for each tree on the estate. However, these 33 trees must be removed in order for this final phase to be completed. A diagram showing the location of trees we propose to retain and those we will remove is shown below along with a table comparing the 2010 consent to our current proposals.
|2010 application||Current proposals||Change|
|7 trees retained||11 trees retained (all London Plane trees)||+4 trees retained|
|19 new trees planted||41 new trees planted||+22 new trees planted|
Our updated tree strategy brings with it several key benefits, including:
- Increasing species diversity within the area
- Ensuring a variation in age amongst the trees
- Providing an opportunity for better irrigation systems and rooting conditions
- Bringing forward a new layout which spreads the trees throughout streets and open spaces
- Providing other greening measures, including the installation of green roofs, brown roofs and rain gardens.
The tree planting strategy is based on a number of key objectives;
- Planting palettes will be chosen to respond to local character
- Provide a network of trees and green spaces
- Enhance wildlife habitats in this urban area
- Promote sustainable planting
- Improve local biodiversity through the selection of appropriate native species or species with a proven wildlife value.