Anglia Adventures have secured detailed planning permission for an exciting outdoor leisure facility on the banks of the River Stour on the border of Essex and Suffolk. This new development will provide, amongst other things, cabin and camping accommodation, as well as riparian access for those enjoying the natural environment and historic setting of the Stour Valley, right in the heart of ‘Constable country’.
CSA Environmental were appointed by Anglia Adventures to provide expert advice on both ecological and landscape matters given the site’s sensitive location in the Stour Valley AONB, lying adjacent to the Cattawade Marshes SSSI and Stour & Orwell Estuaries SPA. We provided key Landscape & Visual Impacts Assessment (LVIA) and Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) input, as well as stakeholder engagement with the adjacent landowner, RSPB, with no objections raised from the conservation charity.
Babergh district council case officer’s report concluded that “The proposal represents an opportunity for sustainable economic growth and to encourage and enhance the visitor offer in the district” and “…the development has the potential to result in biodiversity gains”. CSA were delighted to be involved in the scheme’s planning success, and look forward to seeing its implementation.