ECOLOGICAL SURVEY

 

DO I NEED AN ECOLOGICAL SURVEY OR ASSESSMENT?

Many development sites, with the exception of a few small householder applications, can potentially impact local wildlife or biodiversity and as such, will need ecological surveys and assessments. All planning applications for such sites are required by the LPA (local planning authority) to have carried out an ecological assessment to determine signs of possible protected species and habitats of ecological value.

Carrying out an ecological assessment will help avoid disturbance of legally protected species as well as inform the developer of any ecological constraints early on in the planning process.

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TYPE OF SURVEY We Offer

  • PRELIMINARY DESK STUDY CONSISTS OF A DATABASE SEARCH OF GOVERNMENT FUNDED WEBSITES, ORDNANCE SURVEY MAPPING AND AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY TO IDENTIFY STATUTORY DESIGNATED SITES, RECORDS OF LEGALLY PROTECTED SPECIES AND FEATURES OF INTEREST WITHIN THE SITE AND WITHIN A 1 KM RADIUS AROUND THE SITE BOUNDARY
  • DETAILED DESK STUDY INVOLVES AN IN-DEPTH CONSULTATION WITH THE RELEVANT LOCAL BIODIVERSITY RECORDS CENTRE, WHICH CHARGES A FEE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SUCH AS NON-STATUTORY DESIGNATED SITES AND ACCURATE RECORDS OF LEGALLY PROTECTED SPECIES
  • SITE SURVEY COMPRISES A WALKOVER OF THE SITE BY A COMPETENT ECOLOGIST TO RECORD ALL HABITATS PRESENT AND NOTE FEATURES OF PARTICULAR INTEREST FOLLOWING GUIDANCE STIPULATED IN THE. THIS IS NECESSARY TO DETERMINE WHETHER ANY FURTHER SURVEYS ARE NECESSARY IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE GUIDELINES THAT THE LOCAL PLANNING AUTHORITY WILL FOLLOW WHEN DECIDING UPON A PLANNING APPLICATION
  • REPORT COLLATES THE RESULTS OF THE DESK BASED STUDY AND THE SITE SURVEY INTO AN APPROPRIATELY DETAILED DOCUMENT THAT IS SUITABLE FOR SUBMISSION WITH A PLANNING APPLICATION TO THE LOCAL PLANNING AUTHORITY
  • AN IMPACT ASSESSMENT DETERMINES THE NATURE (I.E. POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE) AND MAGNITUDE (I.E. LOW, MEDIUM OR HIGH) OF THE EFFECT THAT THE PROPOSALS MAY HAVE ON THE SITE’S BIODIVERSITY. IT INFORMS THE REQUIREMENT FOR MITIGATION, COMPENSATION AND ENHANCEMENT AS WELL AS ANY ADDITIONAL SURVEYS
  • FURTHER SURVEYS MAY BE REQUIRED IF THE IMPACT ASSESSMENT DETERMINES A NEGATIVE EFFECT ON LEGALLY PROTECTED SPECIES. THE SURVEYS WILL INFORM THE NECESSARY LEVEL OF MITIGATION, COMPENSATION AND ENHANCEMENTS THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE LOCAL PLANNING AUTHORITY
  • MITIGATION AIMS TO REDUCE A NEGATIVE EFFECT ON BIODIVERSITY. COMPENSATION IS REQUIRED WHEN AN IMPACT CANNOT BE MITIGATED AND A CERTAIN HABITAT IS REPLACED OR RESTORED. ENHANCEMENTS INTEND TO INCREASE THE SITE’S BIODIVERSITY AND REINFORCE THE ECOLOGICAL CREDENTIALS OF THE PLANNING APPLICATION

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