RAF Daws Hill, High Wycombe

Project: Comprehensive redevelopment of the former RAF base.

Client: Taylor Wimpey

Aspect Landscape were instructed to prepare a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment and assist in the landscape design and masterplanning input associated with the multi-phased redevelopment of the former RAF base at Daws Hill, High Wycombe.

The scheme includes 433 new homes, a village centre and the provision of a site for a new primary school.

The site is located on the south east settlement edge of High Wycombe, approximately 1.5km south of the town centre, set within a framework of over 1000 Tree Preservation Ordered (TPO) existing mature trees. The site is currently partially developed, having previously accommodated low density residential and educational buildings associated with the former RAF base.

The landscape proposals seek to provide over 580 replacement trees across the site as mitigation for those that were negotiated to be lost as part of the proposals. Public open space will be developed to allow an appreciation of the existing treescape and create immediate, established parkland.

Within this heavily environmentally constrained setting, Aspect provided strong commercial arguments for the tree loss ensuing appropriate mitigation and a well-designed layout being developed.