Solar PV Development – Ecology support

Challenge

Global Renewables Construction Ltd asked us to support their large scale solar PV installation in Derbyshire. The proposed site location was adjacent to locally designated wildlife sites and contained habitats with the potential to support protected species.

Ecological support was required in order to obtain planning permission. The presence of designated sites, protected habitats and species and invasive non-native species require prompt identification of constraints and opportunities to avoid costly delays.

Solution

To develop enough evidence to be granted the planning permission we undertook:

  • An initial baseline ecological survey and Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA)
  • Reptile and amphibian surveys and monitoring
  • Liaison with statutory consultees and advice on detailed mitigation.

Benefits

By undertaking the above we:

  • Significantly reduced time, costs and planning complications
  • Raised awareness of potential ecological constraints early in the project which supported the smooth development of the scheme.

Want to know more?

Our ecologists provide support from feasibility to construction including:

  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA)/extended Phase I habitat survey
  • Protected species surveys and mitigation, including licensed work
  • Invasive non-native species surveys and management plans
  • Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) as part of EIAs
  • Habitats regulations assessment of plans and projects
  • Habitat design
  • Environment, habitat and biodiversity management plans
  • Ecological clerk of works
  • Post development monitoring
  • Ecology input to BREEAM
  • Training.

We have specialists in terrestrial and aquatic habitats who are experienced in undertaking the following surveys and mitigation for protected species: Water Vole, Otter, Bats, White-clawed Crayfish, Great Crested Newt, Reptiles, Dormouse, Badger, breeding and wintering Birds and protected flora.

Contact David Revill, for more information on this specific project or visit our ecology web pages.



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