CD+P were engaged by Stockland in November 2014 as the planning consultant for Sienna Wood. Much work had been undertaken by the previous planning consultants prior to this. Accordingly, the key initial task for CD+P was familiarisation with project, the status of the project elements and preparation of a strategic programme to resolve all of the issues currently affecting planning and development within Sienna Wood. Within short timeframes set by the client, CD+P were familiarised with the project and immediately negotiated approval of a long-standing subdivision application, notably in the absence of an approved Structure Plan.
Since this time, CD+P have been involved in high level and intensive strategic meetings with numerous authorities to resolve a wide array of issues relating to various planning, design, development, environmental and hydrological matters as well as technical affecting the delivery of residential product on the ground. Crucial to recent progress experienced on the project is the leadership and strategy promoted at the core of CD+Ps approach to development. This strategic approach aims to progressively address both short and long term project goals, bringing a greater element of structure to the project whilst ensuring the needs of the development are addressed as a whole, rather than focussing solely on planning.
The key technical challenge for Sienna Wood is urban water management and the successful implementation of water sensitive urban design. The lack of overarching drainage documentation has presented a unique limitation to achieving approvals in this area. As such, our understanding of technical hydrological issues have been significantly broadened throughout this process, allowing us to assist further in negotiating positive outcomes for the project. Furthermore, the presence of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority as an approval agency in this
area has presented a new, albeit welcome, challenge in negotiating outcomes for this project.
Other key design initiatives and challenges include protection and adaptation to the presence of Conservation Category Wetlands, Resource Enhancement Wetlands, mature trees and other remnant vegetation. Additionally, the requirement to sufficiently address environmental conditions imposed by a Ministerial Statement presents a significant challenge in ensuring environmental protection is considered as a key factor in all facets of the project. This has req