Need a Phase 1 Habitat Survey… FAST?
Arbtech are one of the leading providers of ecological consultancy in the UK today, combining speed and low cost to deliver a flawless service that really meets your needs. Whether you need a protected species survey for newts, badgers, birds or reptiles, we have the expertise and clout to get your project moving forward, fast, whether you’re in Southampton or Sunderland.
ODPM Circular 06/05 – a central government planning policy document that specifically deal with biodiversity and conservation –sets out clearly that local planning officers must place store on applicants’ attention to the conservation and enhancement of habitats and protected species, when determining a planning application. Naturally, it is difficult to achieve this without making the results of ecological surveys available with your application.
In this way, you demonstrate that you have embraced their policy and made protected species a material consideration in your design process. In turn, this ensures that the planning office cannot reject your application on the grounds of insufficient information provided and so must deliberate your application without delay.
Protected Species Scoping Survey from £399
Why might you need a basic or scoping survey? How fast can it be done? Is it suitable for your scheme? Good questions. In brief, a protected species scoping survey is appropriate for very small or simple sites, or where only one or two protected species are at risk. An example of a basic or scoping survey might be, a Habitat Suitability Index survey for great crested newts, or a breeding birds survey. In isolation, this level of survey effort is highly unlikely to be suitable for a large or complex scheme, unless you have been told so explicit by your council's planning office. If you want more in depth answers to your questions, contact us, and ask away.
Phase 1 Habitat Surveys from £499
It sounds technical, but it really isn’t. A Phase 1 Habitat Survey is simply a form of biological study, or assessment, which, using the methods set out in the Joint Nature Conservation Committee’s handbook for Phase 1 Habitat Survey, reports on the various species and habitats which show observable evidence of being present, or at risk, if further study is not undertaken. IT includes a habitat map which is important for customers who may have sustainability commitments such as Ecology for Code or BREEAM. More often than not, we can undertake a P1HS in under a week, and on most sites, that’s the end of the line for us. Occasionally though, you might need something a bit more comprehensive. That’s the next level of survey up (See right).
Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys from £599
What is an ‘extended’ survey, and why might you need it? How quickly can it be done? The extended element simply means that you have procured records data from a third party, normally your council or local wildlife trust. This data is then presented in your report, along with the P1HS results. There’s no real optimum time of year for habitat surveys of any kind, though summer naturally makes vegetation identification easier. Generally, we can undertake these surveys in a week to a week and a half (including the time waiting for data to arrive), and like with anything at Arbtech, it’s low cost and efficiency that sets up apart.
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