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: Hall Wood Holidays
Sustainable Forest Holiday Lodges
Having purchased a valley woodland site near Looe, our client saw the potential of this conifer plantation to become great native woodland again as well as being a tranquil and sustainable holiday destination – with revenue from the development actively being used to enhance and manage the site to gradually become native woodland again. Part of the site was within an ancient woodland designation, and all of the site and surrounding areas are within the Looe and Seton Valleys Area of Great Landscape Value. The site is very tranquil, with near to no car noise and very limited development in the area. It is also on very steep slopes and is forested, as well as being home to protected species including bats, otters and dormice. These constraints were taken on board during design development, with Arco2 Architects developing a light touch solution of buildings raised above ground and designed to sit within the forest landscape, of modern low energy design. The client vision was for users of the lodges to look into tree canopies and through the forest, so preservation of as many trees as possible was a key requirement. The presence of dense and often young plantation woodland required careful consideration of future management provisions to be able to revert it to native woodland.
CEC undertook a suite of detailed ecological surveys (Protected Species Surveys for bats, dormice and reptiles, and National Vegetation Classification), woodland and forestry survey (with survey work undertaken by our sub-consultant from the Cormac arboricultural team), and a landscape and visual appraisal. Findings from these surveys were brought together in a Woodland, Landscape and Ecological Management plan for the site, setting out the vision and means to achieve a substantial biodiversity gain in time in harmony with the development, a key document included in the planning submission. A key part of this plan is formed by the forestry management including widening of rides, felling of conifers and replanting of broadleaves along boundaries, thinning and diversification cycles and new planting, coordinated with ecological requirements. Landscape details for the lodge environment and a new access track were also prepared. A BS5837 tree survey and assessment completed the suite of documents for the areas directly affected by development.
The project was granted planning permission in December 2017.
For a project which prioritises preservation of habitats and environmental sensitivity CEC were the obvious choice, not only due to their ability to handle all aspects of the required ecological, arboricultural and landscape assessments under one roof, but also their working relationship with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. This was a complex project which required constant multi-discipline collaboration, but CEC managed the bulk of the application effectively, ultimately resulting in a positive planning decision.