Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA)
A preliminary ecological appraisal (PEA) is usually the first step taken to determine the ecological/wildlife value of a site, and will be required for most planning applications that involve development of land (from large gardens to sites stretching over multiple fields or landholdings).
A PEA normally consists of a desk-top study, provided by the local Environmental Records Centre, and a phase 1 habitat survey. The phase 1 habitat survey will identify habitats present, potential for protected species and invasive species on site.
The ecologist will then prepare a report, which will include details of any further survey effort required and/or mitigation which will need to be provided during and after development works are carried out on site.
The PEA may be enough in itself to satisfy your planning application, but if further survey effort is required this will need to be undertaken before the planning application can be determined.
PEA’s are relatively quick, and can be carried out at any time of year, and CEC’s ecologists endeavour to meet tight deadlines and budgets. Call the team on 01872 245510 or email email@example.com and we will be more than happy to help you.