Land south of Hazel Close, Crawley Down

Skillfully resolving protected species mitigation and licencing

Services

Ecology,
Protected Species,

Sectors

Residential,

Date

2019-2021

Client

Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd

CSA Environmental were appointed by Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd. to lead and deliver ecology for a Reserved Matters application for 60 residential dwellings and associated infrastructure, public open space and landscaping at this greenfield site.

CSA completed habitat and protected species survey work to inform the detailed design stage, ecological mitigation and enhancement proposals, and an updated Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA). CSA’s detailed knowledge of how the planning and EPS licencing systems interact, allowed swift discharge of conditions required to permit an EPSL application for great crested newts (GCN).

CSA worked closely with the project landscape architects and hydrologists to ensure that planting and landscape proposals delivered benefits for biodiversity, including new native thicket planting to buffer the Ancient Woodland which abuts the site. To maintain habitat connectivity for GCN across the centre of the Site, between two parcels of Ancient Woodland, the scheme was carefully designed to include a new wildlife pond, swale and wildlife tunnel beneath the spine road.

Thanks to a strong working relationship with our client the planning phase progressed without hiccup and close liaison will continue throughout the implementation phase to help ensure that mitigation and enhancement is delivered effectively.