Using the natural infrastructure for re-development of former RAF base, and adjacent farmland into a new settlement.

Wharton Natural Adviser: Sebastian Onslow, Senior Arboricultural Consultant.


Urban & Civic; David Lock Associates (Planning), BMD (Landscape), Peter Brett Associates (Infrastructure) and Aecom (Costs), John Thompson & Partners and Mole Architects (Design).

Scope/scale of project:

The proposed South Cambridgeshire District Council Local Plan allocates the former Waterbeach RAF airfield and barracks, together with adjoining farmland, as a new settlement with capacity for up to 6500 dwellings, green open space, associated commercial use properties, primary and secondary schools.

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  • Tree survey and tree constraints plan detailing root protection areas and tree
    categorisation for individual trees
  • Highlight trees of significant value to ensure they are suitably considered
  • Highlight trees of lesser value which may be considered for removal
  • Lead discussions regarding constraints posed by trees
  • Prepare arboricultural planning statements to support future outline planning
    applications, as each area of the site comes forward to planning.


Working in collaboration with Urban & Civic and the project team comprising; David Lock Associates (planning), BMD (landscape), Peter Brett Associates (infrastructure) and Aecom (costs), John Thompson & Partners and Mole Architects (design), we were commissioned to prepare a planning statement to support development across a 300 hectare site. This early involvement enabled the development of a suitable solution reducing the impact on trees and ensuring their successful integration into the final design.

Since the submission of our plans and completed tree schedule, containing over 1200 individual, 250 groups and 10 woodlands, we are now working with the wider project team to design suitable layouts for the complete site for future planning applications.

Our involvement came via recommendation from BMD, based on previous success in collaborating with large development teams and the ability discharge large-scale site instructions.