Outline planning permission has been granted by Central Bedfordshire Planning Committee for up to 90 new homes in Shefford, Bedfordshire. The scheme includes new internal access roads and footpaths, public open space, a sustainable urban drainage system and associated landscaping, infrastructure and earthworks.
Working on behalf of Catesby Estates, CSA’s ecologists undertook a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) of the Site and carefully assessed the potential wildlife impacts of the proposed development. We provided expert advice to help inform design, and specified necessary mitigation measures and ecological enhancements which could be delivered as part of the scheme.
Following ecological advice from CSA, public open space and landscaping has been designed to increase overall habitat diversity through the provision of new ecologically important habitat including species-rich wildflower grassland and native shrub planting. The design ensures no net-loss of biodiversity can be secured alongside development, with the opportunities for net gain to be realised at the detailed design stage.