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According to the Wildlife Trust, the UK has lost 97% of Lowland meadows since 1930, with the government’s target of 300,000 homes a year, the UK will continue to see this percentage climb. As crucial as it is to meet this target for new homes, we must preserve our Nature and Wildlife.
Developers, when building new homes, are obliged to minimize the risk to surrounding biodiversity and should provide a Protected Species survey, ecology report or environmental report for their planning application.
It’s important Planners and Developers understand different species, the types of environments these species live in and how we can mitigate damage to their habitats, with relevant developments including New Builds, Conversions, Demolition, Extensions and Roofing Work.
Developers when building new homes, are obliged to minimize the risk to surrounding biodiversity. They are to provide a Protected Species survey, ecology report or environmental report for their planning application.
A local example is Trumpington Meadows just outside of Cambridge, a 1,200-home development, with 58ha of greenspace. The interesting design has allowed for the Greenspace to be in one single block, rather than dotted throughout the development, Allowing for a beautiful nature reserve and home to many species.
A further example is Mace’s recent announcement to create 2000m of Shallow foot drains at Fobbing Marshes, Essex. This will allow water to be held closer to the surface to improve the quality of the grassland for Wetland Birds & Invertebrates.
Biodiversity Net Gain is the idea of implementing systems which ensure the impacts of a development are overall positive and aims to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than it was before, requiring a 10% minimum net gain for biodiversity, through enhancement or habitat replacement on or near a new development site.
Through the environment Act 2021, this will become mandatory from November 2023, which will enable developers to commit to Climate Change.
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