Planning success in the Test Valley

We are delighted to have recently received planning approval for two new replacement dwellings in the Test Valley.

The first was for a new contemporary, barn style home in a rural setting close to the village of Lockerley near Romsey.

Initially called in to assist when the project hit problems at the pre-application stage, Indigo provided advice on the character of the landscape and the nature of built form that would be acceptable in this sensitive landscape setting, and then prepared a Landscape and Visual Appraisal and landscape masterplan to assist the with the planning application.

Working with Western Design Architects and Atlas Planning, issues associated with the impacts on a Public Right of Way running through the site were also resolved, resulting in a positive planning outcome at the end of January.

Naturally our clients were very pleased and were happy to share some feedback on their experience of working with us.

“We were recommended to use Indigo Landscape Architects when we ran into difficulties with our planning application, with regard to the visual impact on the landscape and issues around a public footpath running along our land.  The Indigo team were invaluable in their support and were able to help us to secure full planning permission in the end.  As well as providing very detailed landscape visual impact assessments and landscape design, they attended meetings with us and the council, and their calm and considered professional approach was extremely helpful.”


The second planning success was for a large family home as a replacement dwelling for an existing bungalow in Nether Wallop.

Working with Richmond Bell Architects and our friends at Atlas Planning, this project was undertaken in close proximity to a scheme (by others) that had recently been refused permission at appeal, and required sensitive design and careful assessment to achieve the desired outcome. Our role included providing design advice and the preparation of a Landscape and Visual Appraisal and landscape masterplan, recommending the planting of native hedgerows, woodland and an orchard to further restrict views of the house from the surrounding area.