TGP has recently completed the LVIA and landscape masterplan design for the proposed Distillery at Craggan, Grantown-on-Spey in association with Gordon and MacPhail.
The Site is in the River Spey Strath, within the Cairngorms National Park.
The design approach focused on the delivery of a natural aesthetic, incorporating native woodland and parkland-style tree planting in combination with native wildflower meadow and marginal wetland areas to enhance existing habitats within the Site and exert a positive, lasting impact on the character of the surrounding Spey valley.
A high proportion of aspen tree planting is proposed as an ecological enhancement measure, consistent with the recommendations in the National Park’s Biodiversity Action Plan. A new network of footpaths within the Site provides recreational opportunities for visitors to experience the River Spey and a link to the nearby settlement of Grantown-on-Spey.
The LVIA took cognisance of the sensitivity of the local landscape in the assessment of potential effects on the Special Landscape Qualities (SLQs) of the National Park, as well as those on the visual amenity of local residents and visitors. As part of the process, the assessment considered the above landscape design proposals which incorporated native woodland and tree planting in combination with native wildflower meadow and marginal wetland areas. The residual effects, based on the establishment of proposed planting by year 10, identified a reduction in the levels of effect in some cases, as well as beneficial effects on selected National Park SLQs.