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Design Guide for Rural Northern Ireland
Scheme Design: Landscape Design

Landscape design is essential to a successful scheme. The main landscaping of a development site should be part of the overall design reflecting the character of the locality. Professional advice is available to assist with this important aspect of development in the countryside. From the point of view of the Department the emphasis will generally be on the boundaries of the site.
One of the main considerations will be the position of the access and its detailed design. A new access will need to meet the Department's safety requirements, which can often result in the necessary removal of roadside hedges and trees. It is important to make the sight-lines blend in with the existing roadsides by suitable boundary treatment.

New access proposal. Fence and hedging.

New access proposal. Fence and hedging.

Year 1: Simple fence and small hedging plant.

Year 1: Hedge planted alongside fence

Year 5: Fully grown hedge

Year 5: Fully grown hedge now covers the fence

Access from existing road

Key Information

  • Access from existing road: Acceptable with good design.
Access from existing road. Acceptable with good design.

Access from existing lane

Key Information

Access from existing lane: Preferred.
Access from existing lane: Preferred.
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