A preliminary ecological appraisal is a process to initially assess the potential ecological constraints and opportunities relevant to a proposed site. It typically consists of a desktop study and a site survey to identify and map features of ecological value. A report is then produced detailing any likely mitigation measures and/or surveys that may be required. Any opportunities for ecological enhancement are also provided
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Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA)
- This is the best way to assess a site’s current ecological potential and are required as part of the planning application validation criteria. The survey aims to document and describe all habitat types present at the site, based principally on the species present, their management and structure, and subsequently makes an assessment of whether those habitats are suitable for any protected species.
- To assess the habitats at the site and their potential to support protected species, an extended phase 1 habitat survey is carried out which identifies and maps the habitats. The ecologist then uses their professional judgement and reviews local species records to determine any requirement for further surveys for protected species or important habitats.
- A report is produced which details the opportunities and constraints at the site from an ecological perspective, and this is used to inform the design of the proposed development.
- These appraisals can be carried out throughout the year, though the optimal period to assess vegetation is between March and October depending on the type of habitats present.
Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)
- Ecological Impact Assessments are produced once a design has been finalised and informed by the results of protected species surveys (or other ecological constraints) at the site. They aim to identify the important ecological effects that arise as a result of a development proposal, and propose avoidance measures, mitigation detail or compensation to ensure that no significant residual ecological effects arise due to the proposal.
- EcIAs can either be completed as part of a formal Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process to form part of an Environmental Statement, or as part of a non-EIA project. The EcIA should make it clear to the decision maker what the potential significant effects are, how the effects have been avoided, minimised or compensated for, and whether any significant residual effects remain once these measures have been implemented.
- BREEAM assessments are now the established assessment to ensure developments are sustainable, and ecology forms an integral part of this assessment.
- Your site and development project will be assessed against a variety of factors against which credits are assigned depending on the level of contribution/effects such as site enhancements, habitat loss and creation etc..
- Our ecologists have a significant track record in successfully completing BREEAM assessments, and should you wish to discuss your BREEAM assessment please contact us.