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Project Name:
Frenchay Hospital, Bristol
Client:
North Bristol NHS Trust/Redrow Homes
Year:
Sep 30, 2015
Keywords:
Ecological input into masterplan; bat surveys of buildings; ecological survey to inform planning; badger and reptile mitigation
Summary:
A total of 44 buildings on the site provided suitable opportunities for bats and required further survey. In addition to the bat surveys on site, reptile and ...

A total of 44 buildings on the site provided suitable opportunities for bats and required further survey. In addition to the bat surveys on site, reptile and badger mitigation strategies were required, as well as a Landscape and Ecology Management Plan for the site. Ecological input into the masterplan was also key to ensure that an ecological enhancement was provided on the site, in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework. Outline and Reserved Matters Applications were subsequently approved with no ecological objections. Ecosulis are also providing on-going support during the construction phase of the development.

Ecosulis were commissioned to undertake the ecology works to inform the masterplan and planning application for the site. We continue to provide all required ecological support to allow the housing construction to continue as scheduled, and in accordance with ecological considerations. 

Frenchay Hospital is a large and complicated site, with a range of different building styles and ages. Whilst the central areas of the site were in operation when Ecosulis started undertaking surveys on the site in 2011, the boundary areas of the site provided some higher quality habitat including woodland habitats, parkland trees and grassland.

Ecological surveys were undertaken in 2011 and 2012 to inform the outline planning application for the site. In addition, a preliminary ecological risk register was developed to inform the masterplan. This is shown below, and includes a red, orange and green system. Red areas on the site comprise high quality habitat, or habitat that supports ecological constraints such as main badger setts. Orange areas show habitat that should be retained, but could be removed with appropriate mitigation/compensation. Green areas identify areas with low ecological value, which in the case of Frenchay Hospital were areas in the centre comprising hard-standing, amenity grassland and buildings. The figure below shows an example of this map.

A total of 44 buildings on the site provided suitable opportunities for bats and required further survey. In addition to the bat surveys on site, reptile and badger mitigation strategies were required, as well as a Landscape and Ecology Management Plan for the site. Ecological input into the masterplan was also key to ensure that an ecological enhancement was provided on the site, in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework. Outline and Reserved Matters Applications were subsequently approved with no ecological objections. Ecosulis are also providing on-going support during the construction phase of the development.

 

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