A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment has been prepared to guide and input into the proposals.
The site lies within the western part of the settlement, with existing development wrapping round the site from the west, round to the south east. The site is closely related to the existing settlement and the surrounding built environment screens views of the site from the wider landscape setting to the north, east and west.
The site is not publicly accessible, is not subject to any qualitative landscape designations and is not located within a Green Wedge.
The site lies just to the north of the Hill Hole Quarry and nature reserve. The topography of this feature ensures that longer distance views of the site from the south are enclosed. There are views of the site from the toposcope at the top of the quarry, however, it is seen against the backdrop of the residential development to the north and the built form to the east and west. The proposals will not extend the perception of the settlement beyond these established and defensible boundaries.
Visually, the site is afforded a degree of enclosure by the surrounding settlement and the landform of the quarry. This curtails longer distance views towards the site and the proposals. The key views to be considered within the LVIA will be from the footpath, that runs parallel to the southern boundary, between Hill Lane and The Green, and the footpath that crosses the elevated part of Hill Hole Quarry to the south. How the proposals appear in the context of Hill Lane, and the approaches to Markfield from the south along this route is considered.
The proposals respond positively to the localised landscape and visual setting. This collaborative approach being taken ensures that the proposals relate positively to neighbouring properties, but also adopt a positive outward looking layout that creates a positive interface with the wider setting, rather than turning its back on the landscape to the south.
The proposals will include a comprehensive landscape scheme that not only assists in integrating the proposals into the surrounding landscape but also create a high quality and attractive environment in which to live. The proposals also incorporate 20% forest green infrastructure on-site in accordance with the National Forest guidelines.