CASE STUDY
BELLSDYKE

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Young woodland gladeNesting swanLine of young tress on grass verge next to pathSuds looking beyond to new houses being constructed
Lifebuoy next to SUDS and residential properties
Bellsdyke location pinned on the map

At a Glance

Location: Falkirk
Area: 36,000m2
Accessed: 2006
Properties: 1,800

Bellsdyke Larbert: Falkirk

Site Features

  • Amenity Grass
  • Agricultural Hedges
  • Amenity Trees
  • Young Woodland
  • Mature Woodland
  • SUDS Ponds
  • Wooden Fencing
  • Metal Painted Fencing
  • Hard Surface Paths
  • Equipped Play Areas
  • SINC
  • Cycle Pathways

All about Bellsdyke

Located in Central Scotland, this large 1,800-house development was a former hospital site. Along with the houses and traditional open spaces there is a vibrant retail area, primary school and commercial zone and much more.

This local Authority identified a specific area consisting of woodland, scrub and marsh vegetation with glades of rush-pasture that they deemed so important that it could not be developed on and must be retained, protected, managed and maintained to secure its value to the surrounding community and habitants.

The area identified as a ‘Site of Importance for Nature Conservation’ (SINC) that has been fully incorporated into the design of this development’s extensive infrastructure and interlinking SUDS ponds, which are considered vital to effectively conserve and enhance biodiversity and create local habitat networks.

Local Nature Conservation Sites protect a crucial ecologically rich habitat around which wider environmental conservation programmes and habitat network creation can be focused. Properly managed SUDS ponds and green infrastructure are fundamental in enabling this and we do so with the full understanding of the local authorities Local Development Plan and Greenspace Strategy.

Due to the incorporation of this SINC and complex interlinking SUDS ponds both the local Authority and the lead developers decided that this all required to be managed by a single professional body with experience in managing amenities of this nature and size and would be able to deliver the long-term strategy.

How we made this possible

Greenbelt began adopting the public open spaces in 2015 with presently around two thirds of the areas under our homeowner- funded mechanism. House building remains ongoing. We were successfully appointed to prepare detailed landscape plans for Phase 2 of the development and all the design work was carried out in-house. We were then appointed to implement and manage these areas.

SUDS looing on beyond to newly built houses

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