Truro East District Centre – Ecological Impact Assessment
As part of Truro’s strategic plan, the county council was looking to develop a park and ride on the eastern side of the city. After looking at eight sites Cornwall Council decided that Union Hill provided the best potential as it would be accessible for people coming from the east and the north of the city. The land was owned by the Duchy of Cornwall who proposed a joint planning application for housing, retail with the park and ride and a household waste recycling centre.
CEC was contracted in March 2009 to undertake the ecological assessment of the site, starting with a desk study and extended Phase 1 habitat survey of the site. We then followed immediately into protected species surveys for badgers, bats, dormice, breeding birds and wintering birds. These were updated in 2010 so that the survey results remained current for the planning application in early 2011.
CEC worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team and throughout this period, findings from the various habitat and species surveys were being used to inform and shape the development of the masterplan.
Notwithstanding the presence of a number of ecological constraints including nearby designated sites of European importance and a badger sett on site, CEC was able to demonstrate to Cornwall Council that the impact of the scheme would have no significant adverse impacts upon nature conservation features. In fact in the medium term, once planting had time to mature there would be a significant positive impact.
Planning permission for this site was granted in March 2012.
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