Old Church Hall, Flintshire

Client: : Marray Properties Location: : Holywell, Flintshire Dates: : 2007 and 2010

HDD worked closely with a team of architects, ecologists, arboriculturalists, and archaeologists to assess the potential effects of a proposed new residential development on this extremely sensitive site in Holywell, Flintshire.

The site occupies an elevated ridge surrounded by mature trees, with a narrow access. It lies next to St James Church and alongside 3 imposing Georgian properties, all Grade II listed. Critically, the site rises as a backdrop to St Winefride’s Chapel and Well, a Grade 1 Listed Building, and forms an extension of ‘Castle Hill’ a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM), and is set within a Conservation Area.

HDD’s role was to work with the architect to seek to arrange and design the development so as to preserve and enhance the setting of these assets. Detailed consideration was given to scale, height and massing of the development and to boundary treatments, root protection areas, and access constraints. An assessment was made of Zone of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV), informing a full Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA), including photo-real montage work for the development, was subsequently granted planning consent.

HDD also developed highways and access layouts so as to meet ‘Manual for Streets’ requirements enabling the scheme to be acceptable on highays grounds.