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Case Studies

Local Authority & Governmental

Project Name:
Wichelstowe Development, Mixed Use Development, 4,500 Units
Client:
Swindon Borough Council and Taylor Wimpey Developments
Year:
Aug 10, 2010
Keywords:
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Summary:
Our role: Ecosulis have been providing all ecological consultancy and contracting services in relation to both outline planning applications and detailed planning ...

Our role: Ecosulis have been providing all ecological consultancy and contracting services in relation to both outline planning applications and detailed planning applications for a proposed development consisting of 4500 residential units, business parks, town centre and country park. The services have included all ecological surveys, assessment and mitigation services for the 300ha development site and the 190ha mitigation site to the south of the M4.

Ecosulis has updated surveys annually since 1997 and have developed a detailed mitigation strategy for all species including great crested newt, bats, badger, water vole, otter, birds (including ground nesting), invertebrates, woodland, hedgerow, wetland areas and watercourses, which has received approval by Natural England. The principles set out in the nature conservation management strategy for the Wichelstowe development (previously known as the Swindon Southern Development Area) was cited as an example of Good Practice in the Governments "Planning for Biodiversity and Geological Conservation - A Guide to Good Practice (March 2006)". ecosulis ltd was retained by Swindon Borough Council in 2004, following competitive OJEU tender against 26 other companies, to implement the mitigation strategy through the preparation and implementation of five Management Plans. The development proposals are to be phased over a fifteen year period.

As part of the mitigation strategy, Ecosulis has been responsible for managing, implementing and procuring all ecological consulting and contracting works, predominantly using in-house staff, such as:

  • Monitoring of habitats (i.e. annual habitat assessment)
  • Monitoring of species populations (as listed above)
  • Implementation of management and monitoring prescriptions e.g. tree felling, hedgerow removal/translocation, pond creation, woodland planting, wetland creation, grassland management

 

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