flowers.jpgThe overall intention behind the development of the SDL in landscape terms is to maintain the distinct identity of each village. The Consortium is committed to protecting landscape features such as the River Loddon, and to linking new development to the existing villages in a natural and sensitive way.

Perhaps the most important aspect of landscape proposals is the inclusion of four principle areas of SANGs (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace) - Langley Mead (previously known as Loddon SANG), Ridge SANG, Mays Farm SANG and Five Acre Field SANG will all provide varied and semi-natural countryside walks and riverside views. Each SANG will be linked, providing a wildlife corridor.

The planning applications that have been submitted to date ensure that new development will protect and respect the landscape. At Spencers Wood, by respecting the existing mature trees and hedgerows, that part of the development will have an enclosed character; visibly separating it from the neighbouring villages. At Shinfield a softer landscaped edge will integrate its western frontage to the adjacent open space.

Similarly, the character of the east and south of Three Mile Cross will be retained by creating open space areas that buffer the new development and the agricultural fields beyond.

Between Spencers Wood and Shinfield there will be an area of green space, both west and east of Ryeish Green. Existing woodland will be retained at Cutbush Lane.