A RAT has told developers it will not accept “unrealistic” mockups of plans that include non-existent trees or shrubs.
Adur County Council will no longer accept computer-generated imagery (CGI) from developers if they don’t accurately depict trees and plants – something it says “can call into question the credibility of the planning system”.
The Planning Committee will discuss several procedural changes at its September 5 meeting.
It follows an incident where a developer felled 36 trees in Shoreham despite telling the planning committee they would be kept.
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It later emerged that while the developer had permission to remove the trees, it was approved after the original planning application, meaning the committee was not consulted.
Shoreham Councilor Jeremy Gardner and Regeneration Executive Steve Neocleous requested a report on the incident.
The report, authored by the council’s business director, highlights several examples where developers have failed to adhere to their landscaping plans or CGI.
It states: “Certain developments have been approved with various supporting images indicating the retention of existing trees and significant new planting only to find that such planting will not be delivered if the development goes ahead.”
The report says this “calls into question the credibility of the planning system” and can sometimes be due to CGI giving “unrealistic impressions”.
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Such supporting evidence is used by developers to “sell their plans to the planning committee and the local community,” it said.
The committee is now being asked to approve a number of changes to prevent this from happening in the future.
They urge developers to remove proposed plantings from CGI to prevent “screening” details of a plan.
Planning officials will also ask developers for information about services surrounding the site so they can assess whether the proposed tree planting and landscaping is physically possible.
While this doesn’t stop developers from removing trees indefinitely, planning officials hope the changes will encourage them to tend and plant trees where they’ve previously committed to doing so.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20828489.stop-using-unrealistic-cgi—adur-district-council/?ref=rss “Stop using unrealistic CGI” – Adur District Council