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Case Studies

Project Name:
White Rock, Torbay
Client:
Deeley Freed/Linden Homes
Year:
Jan 31, 2014
Keywords:
Phase 1 habitat survey, bat survey, breeding bird survey, ecological mitigation, horseshoe bats, cirl bunting, dormice, reptiles
Summary:
Ecosulis undertook a variety of habitat and protected species surveys to support the approved outline planning permission for a mixed use development at White ...

Ecosulis undertook a variety of habitat and protected species surveys to support the approved outline planning permission for a mixed use development at White Rock. Ecosulis are also providing continued ecological input into reserved matters applications and the discharge of planning conditions.

Ecosulis undertook ecology surveys at White Rock, Torbay, including an extended Phase 1 habitat survey, hedgerow survey. badger surveys, bat habitat suitability assessments, and bat emergence/swarming/activity surveys (including horseshoe activity surveys), breeding bird, dormouse, reptile and invertebrate surveys, to inform the outline planning application for the construction of a new mixed use development. The development will comprise both residential housing and commercial units. The outline planning application was supported by a detailed Ecological Impact Assessment, as well as ecological statements and attendance at public exhibitions.

In particular, greater and lesser horseshoe bats, and cirl bunting were recorded on site. These species are rare in the UK and have limited distribution. As such, horseshoe activity surveys and breeding bird surveys targeting cirl bunting were undertaken to inform the planning application on the site.

The outline planning application is supported by an extensive off-site mitigation area to provide habitat to compensate for the loss of habitat on site. This includes providing suitable habitat for protected species including cirl bunting and horseshoe bats. Biodiversity off-setting calculations were also used to support the planning application for the site and show an ecological enhancement in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework.

Extensive mitigation strategies and management schemes have been compiled for the site. Enhancement measures include additional bat boxes, the creation of a night-feeding horseshoe roost, bird nest boxes, built-in features within new builds and additional habitat creation, including new woodland and hedgerow planting. The scheme also ensures that green infrastructure and corridors are provided across the site and adjacent habitats. 

"Over many years, we have consistently found Ecosulis to outperform other ecologists both in terms of their approach, mobilisation and price. We would have no hesitation in recommending them" Director, Stride Treglown

 

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