I provided technical guidance, review and advice to the ecology team during update surveys and public inquiry. I also participated in bat survey. Ecological issues focused on the potential impact of emissions to air on a nearby SAC designated for wetland habitats.
The planning application had been refused by the council despite case officer’s recommendation to approve. Objections to the scheme centred on the visual impact on the nearby Battlefield, a site of some historic significance, despite the fact that the appeal site was already allocated for industrial development in the Local Plan. Not surprisingly, following the public inquiry, the Inspector recommended that the scheme be consented. Construction began in October 2012 and the facility will be operational in 2015
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