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Taylor Wimpey chooses TCL designs for planning application

TCL’s landscaping design services have helped Taylor Wimpey submit a planning application for a new 169 home development in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

And its design work and presentation have been praised by one of its senior land and planning managers.

Taylor Wimpey Manchester needed a specialist to create soft landscaping for some front gardens and a POS as part of a planning application for the second phase of a wider scheme.

The design also needed to include a selection of trim trail play equipment, benches and bins.

Taylor Wimpey Manchester’s Gareth Bancroft said: “The landscaping layouts are good and the presentation is excellent.”

TCL, whose parent company the TCL Group has been named one of the 1,000 Companies to Inspire Europe by the London Stock Exchange, specialises in designing public open spaces including SANGS (Suitable Accessible Natural Green Spaces), and creates show home gardens for all Britains top name housebuilders.

Taylor Wimpey is among a number of major developers to have benefited from TCL’s new CPD training seminar which demonstrates how investment in good quality landscape design can make a difference to the bottom line.

TCL regional relationship manager Sophie Kelly explained: “The aim of landscaping is to help developers sell houses. While we are well known as a landscaping delivery specialist, some clients are unaware that we offer a design as well as a physical implementation service – and that we can offer the whole design and deliver the package from start to finish.

“Our CPD module, which is aimed at commercial directors, managers and quantity surveyors, looks at ways to maximise visual impact by using a small number of statement plants rather than a vast swathe of nondescript alternatives for the same cost.

“It shows, for example, how to create a street scene. In a world where smaller front gardens are the norm and trees are therefore not practical, clever use of specimen shrubs can provide instant height and structure.”

The module also looks at how to be clever with trees without the need to increase foundations, the use of evergreens for year-round interest, strategic planning on plant positioning within a development for maximum ROI and the importance of grounds maintenance.

It also gives examples of ‘instant impact’ beds for less than £500 – easily recouped many times over with a successful sale.