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Ecology Services

Ecology surveys and assessments are required for many types of development and need to be submitted with planning applications, to ensure planners have sufficient information on which to base their decision.

By using the experience of CEC’s fully qualified team of ecologists for your ecology and wildlife surveys, you will not only ensure you are meeting your legal and planning requirements but also help reduce delays and risks, ultimately saving you time and money.

Our ecology surveys will help you minimise the impact on wildlife and provide effective solutions to reduce the ecological impact of your proposal, whether it be a housing development, barn conversion, luxury hotel complex, or infrastructure project.

So whether you are looking for a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (also known as a Phase 1 Habitat Survey) or need ongoing support through the construction phase and beyond, the team at CEC can help.

If you require any further information please call us on 01872 245510 or contact us to discuss your project and requirements.

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Client: Padstow Harbour Commissioners

Securing Planning Permission at a Sensitive Site

Meeting the needs of visitors

Rock, near Padstow is one of Cornwall’s most highly sought after locations for visitors and wealthy second home owners. CEC’s expertise was used to put together plans to extend the public car park to cater for increasing visitor numbers. We delivered ecological, landscape design and Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment services. Our input was instrumental in achieving planning permission for the proposals on this sensitive site. Discharging planning conditions and developing a scheme in an ecologically sensitive manner that fitted within the local landscape.

Addressing the challenges of a sensitive site

The Quarry car park at Rock enjoys a spectacular location on the banks of the Camel Estuary, with sweeping views across the river and out to sea. It is a highly sensitive site: bordered by a SSSI and views of it from an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on the other side of the river. We worked closely with John Grimes Partnership to develop sensitively integrated proposals that preserved the habitat as much as possible and mitigated for losses. We also looked at screening views of the car park views from the AONB.

Supporting onsite contractors to avoid harming protected species

The works extending the car park involved a large amount of vegetation, top soil, sand dune and retaining sleeper wall removal. These sites are often home to lizards and slow worms which are protected species. As it is illegal to intentionally kill or injure them we set up an ecological watching brief to ensure no protected species were harmed.

CEC established a great working relationship with several operatives at Bridge Civil Engineering. As a result, twenty slow worms and three common lizards found during the works were re-homed quickly and safely.

Our Landscape and Ecological Management Plan ensures that the remaining sand dunes, that attract so many visitors are also protected.

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