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Mixed Use Residential, Retail and Commercial Development

Earlsfield Park, Knowsley Lane, Knowsley 18 June 2018

Earlsfield Park is a prestigious employment and housing location within Knowsley, Merseyside. The development proposals were for a mixed-use business [employment] park and residential scheme that would contribute to the city region’s economic growth, building on the success of the nearby Kings Business Park, while the sustainable, high quality family housing will help to broaden the district’s housing appeal.

The proposal was for a hybrid application including:

What We Did

Knowsley - What We DidEnzygo’s role was initailly to produce the green infrastructure framework and landscale masterplan, the purpose of which was to retain the existing key features whilst providing a coherent and unifying landscape across the whole of the site.

Establishing multifunctional green space was a vital element of the masterplan process and is based on the idea that each space can perform a range of compatible functions. The green infrastructure framework therefore seeks to:

Knowsley - Earlsfield Park

Knowsley - What We Did 2New footpaths and cycleways were created to connect the existing open spaces, woodlands and playing fields, whilst also providing the opportunity for an appropriate route for vulnerable non-motorised users along Knowsley Road.

The new residential and commercial development, located on the northern edge of Huyton-with-Roby, is within easy reach of the local amenities. The masterplan creates a series of useful community spaces, linked by streets and footpaths, which have all been designed to encourage pedestrian movement.

The green space network also incorporated existing trees, woodlands, hedgerows and drainage features [streams, rivers and ponds] including an extended and enhanced footpath network linking the various spaces.

The green spaces are distributed throughout the development, all are easily accessible from the street network and all include high quality landscaping. They also include a variety of differing types of space, ranging from woodlands, through amenity spaces for residents, to larger community facilities. These spaces would be designed to be overlooked to provide passive surveillance and encourage active use. Open spaces would also be designed with an emphasis on the use of native tree planting, and the inclusion of meadow areas and meadow edges. These elements will improve the biodiversity of the site and area as a whole.

The housing areas have been set out in a simple and easily understood pattern. Back garden areas form the core of each housing group, and all the houses would face out on to the developments roads. This pattern will help ensure passive surveillance throughout the site, encouraging safe active use of the whole development.

Within the development there were a number of existing green spaces, which were retained namely:

What We Achieved

The final landscape strategy for the site, which built upon the parameters set by the Green Infrastructure Framework achieved the following:

The soft landscape elements and planting typologies proposed included: ground modelling, aquatic and marginal planting, ornamental and naturalistic planting, habitat improvements and the pro-active management of newly planted, mature tree stock and the woodland areas.

As with the general design approach, the planting strategy comprised a series of clear typologies that correspond with each of the key areas of the site. Design proposals aim to ensure visual linkage, continuity and consistency in finished planting and, importantly, that species suggested are considered appropriate to the ecology of the existing site and the wider borough.

The existing mature woodland and hedgerows formed a key component, influencing the landscape character of the site and ensuring their future sustainability. The purpose of the new planting was to create a secondary, but nevertheless legible, layer that enhances the landscape pattern, which is so dependent on the existing mature vegetation.

Where the removal of trees and hedgerows was required for operational and safety reasons they were replaced with suitable indigenous planting.

The hard landscape elements of the masterplan were guided by the following key design principles:

Further Work

Enzygo’s landscape and masterplanning team continue to support the design team through the planning process by providing additional information in response to questions and requests for additional information by the local authority.

This has included a series of electronic Zones of Theoretical Visibility [ZTV’s] illustrating the potential visual impacts upon the Registered Park and Garden and Listed Hall within Knowsley Park.

Knowsley - Zones of Theoretical Visibility