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Protected Species Surveys for £4m Retail Development

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Protected Species Survey and Mitigation – meeting planning requirements

An outstanding reptile survey was in danger of holding up planning permission for a new £4 million retail development in Wadebridge. CEC was brought in to undertake a protected species survey that had been recommended as part of a Phase 1 Habitat Survey but not completed. This was needed for the Local Planning Authority to grant planning permission and for the site to progress.

Whilst the survey was underway, CEC worked with the planning consultants and architects, Stride Treglown to draw up a precautionary reptile mitigation strategy. The strategy also provided an ecological enhancement of the site to support the planning application. Working up the mitigation strategy at this stage helped to avoid further delays after the reptile surveys were completed.

Following the new submission, planning permission was granted and CEC were subsequently commissioned to assist with condition discharge by preparing an Ecological Mitigation and Management Plan for the scheme.


“I was impressed with the balanced professional view they adopted both for ecology and commercial needs to arrive at their recommendations for the site. The £4m retail store project at Wadebridge was successfully completed on time and within budget.

CEC responded quickly and efficiently to help deliver the completed development within the contract programme. I look forward to working with CEC again in the future.”


Graham Preston, Director
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