The site has been subject to detailed ecological survey work.
The site itself is not subject to any statutory or non-statutory ecological designations. All designations within the local area are separated from the site, and given the nature and scale of the proposals these designations are unlikely to be affected by the proposed development.
The site predominantly comprises moderately species-rich semi-improved horse-grazed grassland which is of minor ecological value and not an ecologically important feature. The site is bound by hedgerows and lines of semi-mature and mature trees of varying species-richness. The hedgerows and tree lines comprise mainly native species which are of value at the local level. The hedgerows and trees will be largely retained and incorporated into the scheme design, and any losses will be offset by new native planting.
The site offers potential opportunities for protected species, including foraging Badgers, foraging and commuting bats, and nesting birds. A sensitive scheme design will safeguard and retain habitats of elevated value to these species, which alongside appropriate mitigation measures and proposed enhancements, will safeguard protected species within and adjacent to the site.
The proposals present the opportunity to secure a number of biodiversity benefits. This includes wildflower meadow, additional native hedgerow and tree planting, and the provision of features to provide additional habitat for a range of fauna, including bats and birds in the form of roost and nest boxes.
The ecological survey work undertaken to date has guided the proposals to minimise negative impacts. Subject to the implementation of appropriate avoidance and mitigation measures, it is considered unlikely that the proposals will result in significant harm to biodiversity. On the contrary it is anticipated that a number of biodiversity benefits are achievable.