(Shortlisted for a National Planning Award 2014 – Participatory Planning)
In April 2011, we were commissioned by Ballon Improvement Group to produce, in consultation with the community, a forward looking landscape plan for Ballon village and its immediate environs.
The finished plan examines the main landscape components of the village and recommends improvements that can be made within an overall recommended landscape design context.
A series of public meetings were held over a number of weeks to discuss the needs and ideas of the community and to ensure they were included in the landscape plan. The plan thus incorporates design suggestions which represent the most pressing needs of the community and that can be accomplished over the short to medium term. Varying infrastructural improvements to the village landscape have been set out so as to improve road safety and create a better living environment for residents. Equipped with this plan the village is well placed to make representations for further funding to support the implementation of the plan’s vision.