Historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes are one of the cultural icons of England, an ornament to the landscape and townscape, life-enhancing, bringing delight into our everyday lives. They contribute significantly to the sense of place and are treasured. They need to be if they are to continue to contribute to the quality of the environment in the face of the ever-increasing pressure of population growth and all that this brings.
EGT provides informed comment when gardens or designed landscapes are implicated by contemporary development. This requires us to comment on national Government development policy, Local Development Framework plans, on local planning applications, or pre-application stage proposals. In all cases, EGT's role is to highlight the importance of gardens and landscape, and evaluate the implications of proposed development.
Planning guidance is critical, as is a knowledge base, and appropriate, considered action where and when required.
The work of EGT's Garden History team is vital to its role in contemporary Planning & Development. The detailed inventories it prepares of every Essex district help to identify important heritage sites across the county. Many have importance at only a local level and therefore may not be protected by the National Heritage list.
If you would like to bring to the Trust’s attention a particular planning application or are seeking some initial, proactive advice, then please e-mail our Conservation team.