The site is currently an area of informal open space much of which is covered with dense scrub and woodland. The landscape proposals retain the existing trees where possible, particularly along the southern boundary. This woodland will be re-inforced by additional planting of native trees and shrubs to provide a wide landscape buffer between the site and the A38 King Mill Road.
At the western end of the site a band of native tree and shrub planting is proposed to provide enhanced screening and separation between the rear of houses and the Ashfield Public House.
An existing public footpath runs across the eastern corner of the site and it is proposed that this will be improved and widened to accommodate pedestrian and cycle use. In addition, this area of the site will be developed as an area of public open space which will include a dry attenuation lagoon (to accommodate site drainage), paths, seating and litter bins. Planting will consist of native tree and shrub species and edges of planting blocks and banks of the lagoon will be sown with meadow flowering grass mixes selected in conjunction with the Ecologist. Other habitat features such as bat and bird boxes, as proposed by the ecologist, will be incorporated into the proposals.
Within the site in conjunction with the development a number of trees are proposed within gardens (where space allows) and along the road frontage. Blocks of shrub planting area also proposed for front gardens and to provide screening to boundary walls and fences. Tree and shrub species will be selected for seasonal variation of flower, form and leaf colour and to attract pollinators and provide benefits to wildlife.