Landscape, environment and ecology

Our approach to landscape

When developing our proposals for Bayswater, we’ve always been led by the existing landscape.

We have designed expansive green space that weaves throughout Bayswater, making sure the landscape is easily accessible. We’ve carefully considered and designed a series of integrated spaces, with different character and visual interest areas for everyone to enjoy with health and wellbeing in mind.

  • A river-focused linear park: at the centre of our landscape approach is making sure Bayswater Brook is incorporated along a broad linear park that runs east to west along its route. This green space will provide a river focused landscape for residents to experience while supporting and enhancing the existing flora and fauna.
  • A landscape to be explored and enjoyed: We have ensured the landscape is accessible with plenty of routes for people to explore and travel along throughout Bayswater’s green space. We will ensure that all routes are appropriately designed and maintained to support high use so they remain welcoming to residents and visitors alike.
  • An edible landscape: Spaces for food production will be integrated throughout the landscape and development. Allotments, fruit orchards and grow zones (containing raised beds) will mean residents can not only explore the landscape, but taste the food it produces too. Allotments will be provided in a range of sizes, focusing on smaller plots.
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Landscape masterplan - click image to enlarge. Pinch to zoom

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Green infrastructure parameter plan - click image to enlarge. Pinch to zoom

Ecology and Biodiversity

At Bayswater, we are committed to making sure wildlife and habitats are left in a better condition than before the site was allocated.

We plan to do this by:

  • Creating extensive areas of grassland meadows, parkland, woodland, wetland and a variety of floodplain habitat mosaics
  • Unlocking the natural environment of the Bayswater Brook to create a river corridor and surrounding floodplain wetland habitats to support a variety of species
  • Making sure our water management model is driven by the natural flood plain and planting species most suited to this
  • Achieving Building with Nature accreditation – this means ensuring ecology is designed in throughout the scheme from an early stage

Protecting environments and species

  • Sydlings Copse and College Pond SSSI: We are committed to protecting the Sydlings Copse Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). As part-owners of Sydlings Copse and College Pond, this is something Christ Church is already doing and will continue to do as part of our stewardship of Bayswater. In consultation with BBOWT we are proposing new protective measures for the SSSI as part of our plans and ways to avoid increased recreational pressure.
  • Legally Protected Species: We’re committed to avoiding impacts on protected species. Where that’s been unavoidable, we’ve developed specific enhancements to mitigate those impacts in line with Natural England’s licensing requirements. This includes extensive bat roosting provision within the redeveloped Wick Farm buildings so bat species can continue to roost within the structures post-development and, provision of an artificial badger sett and otter holt.
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Biodiversity Net Gain explained

We will achieve a net gain of at least 10 per cent, in line with local and national planning policy. The net gain will be calculated using the government standard metric.

This will also be informed by the detailed habitat surveys we have been undertaking for a number of years and post-development landscape plans. Delivering a biodiversity net gain is for the future too – we’ll be managing the biodiversity of the site for at least thirty years, based on Biodiversity Enhancement and Management Plan and long-term ecological monitoring.

Landscape Character and Visual Amenity Impact Assessment

As part of the planning application, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is carried out to understand the effects of the potential development.

Part of the assessment considers the effects the development has on the views and surroundings of the site and its backdrop.

This is called a Landscape and Visual Amenity Impact Assessment (LVIA).

The EIA assessment, including the LVIA chapter, is work we’re still undertaking and will be available as part of our planning application, once submitted.

What will the LVIA show?

The LVIA will show how the landscape and visual effects of the proposed development, during its construction and when it is completed and in use, have been considered. It will also outline the different opportunities for mitigation and enhancement that have been identified through the Environmental Impact Assessment process.

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What we’re doing

We have carried out extensive work and consultation with South Oxfordshire District Council, Oxford City Council and Natural England to understand the visual amenity of Bayswater and identify 40 viewpoint locations that consider the potential visual impacts during winter and summer, as well as during day and night.

The viewpoints are both into the site from the city and surrounding countryside, as well as out from the site into the city and surrounding countryside.

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How it’s measured

Impacts on landscape character and visual amenity are assessed based on how sensitive they are to change, and the extent of change the development could bring.

The assessment points are then allocated a ‘significance of effect’, based on guidance from the Landscape Institute (LI) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). The outcome of this then concludes whether the potential development would cause ‘significant’ or ‘not-significant’ adverse or beneficial effect.

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Update - 31 July 2022

Our second stage of public consultation (29 June - 31 July 2022) is now closed.

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Key documents and downloads

View our latest proposals and leave your feedback:

  • Latest masterplan download
  • Second consultation panels download
  • Our vision for Bayswater download
  • Recording of online consultation event 14 July 2022 download

Visit the Downloads page to view other documents.

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