Prime Environment were engaged by the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) team of a Planning and Development consultancy to support a planning application for development of former agricultural land into a mixed used development.
Our initial appraisal revealed that the site had habitats which could support a range of protected species, and so in order to assess the impacts of the development, we undertook specialist surveys for great crested newts, bats, barn owls, reptiles and badgers.
Our work demonstrated that, although the site did support protected species (for example, a barn owl was recorded roosting within the site), with appropriate mitigation in place, development of the site was acceptable.
The scheme includes green corridors in the form of a matrix of habitats comprising wildflower grasslands, scrub, hedgerows and scattered trees. Habitats will be maintained for the benefit of wildlife and safeguarding measures applied to allow existing species to continue to use the site.