What does NPPF say about ecology or wildlife ?

National Planning and Policy Framework has quite extensive consideration of ecology and wildlife, including the need for a landscape scale approach to planning and for wildlife gain during development.  We find it quite a big document to download, so the following are the relevant extracts from the National Planning and Policy Framework. We have added in titles for ease of navigation. Continue reading

850 new homes for client at Bradwell

NWS’ work with Bidwells for Persimmon Homes has helped to secure planning permission for 850 new homes, a school, shops and business space at Bradwell near Great Yarmouth.

The urban edge site required a full Environmental Impact Assessment for its effects on wildlife, including wintering and breeding birds, grass snakes and bats, as well as design work to ensure maximum benefit for local ecology and people through the inclusion of green corridors using footpaths and open spaces provision. NWS carried out their work to a tight schedule and on-budget, identifying site issues and constraints early on, preventing costly reworking of the master plan later.

Furthermore due to the closeness to several internationally protected site, a Habitat Regulations Assessment was requested by Natural England. NWS were able to satisfy the local planing authority that with careful design for Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace on the site, that there would be no attributable additional recreational pressure on breeding Little Terns on the North Denes SPA.

The site was granted permission by a unanimous decision of the planning committee on Tuesday 23 May 2014.  More from the Great Yarmouth Mercury…..