43% of the site remains as green space. A large central meadowland area provides sustainable drainage as well as a natural playspace and a kick about pitch.
The redesigned woodland will improve areas that are currently not looked after and make them more appropriate for a residential development setting. The existing woodland to the southern boundary consists primarily of plantation stock Scots Pine, Sitka Spruce and Larch. The plantation species would be supplemented with a native deciduous mix, creating structure and providing future succession and life to the woodland. In the long term this would provide habitat and food resource for local fauna, create an accessible and permeable green boundary for the community and form an appropriate setting for the restoration of the currently degraded footpath referred to as GB/2 Core Path.
A tree survey has been carried out to establish the condition of the trees. Some trees need to be removed – however any trees removed will be replaced with more trees being planted than removed. 21,500 new transplants (young trees) will be planted to create strong boundaries on all sides.
Much of the existing woodland has not been actively managed in recent years and this has led to some deterioration with trees being regularly blown down in strong winds. A management plan for the open space and woodland will be put in place to ensure its success and safety for all.