Category Archives: Habitats Regulations Assessment & Appropriate Assessment

Habitats Regulations Assessment of a small project in Chester (2016)

For many years, the banks of the river Dee in Chester have been part of the city: for launching boats both pleasure and commercial; forming a particularly lethal obstacle on Chester Golf Course; for promenading; as a backdrop to Chester City Walls and Tower; and, surprisingly, as part of people’s back gardens.  In fact, almost the whole northern/eastern bank of the Dee opposite Chester Meadows is occupied by gardens (the rest is a public park).  As the river is also a site of European importance for nature conservation, this creates some interesting paperwork when people want to remodel their garden space.

view over Chester Meadows and the river Dee from the study site

view over Chester Meadows and the river Dee from the study site

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Sefton Local Wildlife Sites Phase 1 and NVC surveys (2012)

During July and August, I surveyed eight sites in Sefton on behalf of Sefton Council – nice to be back working with my former employer !

The sites ranged from reedbed near Formby to extensive tracts of mature plantation woodland and neutral grassland.  My favourite was the unexpectedly rich arable flora just round the corner from where I used to live in Crosby: Continue reading

Melton Core Strategy HRA AA, Leicestershire (2011)

Provided technical advice and Stage 1 and 2 Habitats Regulations Assessment and Appropriate Assessment report on Melton’s Core Strategy Preferred Options.  The Core Strategy will set out the vision and planning strategy for the Borough up to 2026.  It will cover the broad location of development and include the strategic policies for housing, business, retail and transport.

The Core Strategy was approved by the Council on 15th February 2012 and will be out for consultation until April 2012.

The Habitats Regulations Assessment report can be viewed here

West Lancashire Local Plan HRA AA (2010-11)

Provided technical advice and Stage 1 and 2 Habitats Regulations Assessment and Appropriate Assessment report on West Lancashire’s Local Plan Preferred Options.

The Habitats Regulations Assessment report can be found here.

Merseyside Local Authorities Core Strategies HRA AA (2010-11)

Provided technical advice, review and guidance in relation to Stage 1 and 2 Habitats Regulations Assessment and Appropriate Assessment of the emerging Core Strategies for Knowsley and Wirral.

Energy from Waste project, Battlefield, Shrewsbury, Shropshire (2010-2011)

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

Further information can be found on the developer’s website.

Alexandra Dock Energy from Waste Project, Liverpool, Merseyside (2010)

Prepared ecological advice and draft Habitats Regulations Screening report on behalf of Sefton Council in response to the application for a facility to process automotive shredder residue and generate 30MWH of electricity via gasification at the EMR metal recycling plant at Alexandra Dock.  Assisted Sefton Council in resolving all ecological matters prior to determination of the application.

The application was consented in February 2010 and production is expected to start end 2012.