We met with the architect & his assistant who came to do a full site survey which will give us precise measurements & the gradients of the plot.
We spent a lot of time looking at the boundaries & views of the plot from the road & came to the conclusion that it would be wise to keep as much of the hedges, small trees and foliage as we can during the build. We're fortunate that there's a healthy mature yew hedge at the front & down a large part of the west side & that there's quite a few nice small bushes and a pretty fig tree at the bottom of the site. All this will help to make the plot look established & not so new plus save us quite a few quid in plants later down the line. We know that the planners nowadays insist on planting schemes being submitted with the house plans so the greenery already there should help to soften the view of the house from the road.
A condition of the sale was that a 6ft fence be erected within 28 days of completion between the plot & the house on the left (the seller of the land). We're hoping that where the yew separates the house at the front we can just keep that as it's much more attractive than new fencing, or at the very least, take the fence down once the build is complete.
Now waiting on architect's call saying the surveys ready, let's talk design!!