A to Z of Ecology H is for Housebuilding

19 October 2015

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Ecology work is often needed for new build housing projects not just for planning permission but to gain credits under the Code for Sustainable Homes, which may be required by the Welsh Government for Social Housing.
An example of the work Levan Ecology does for house builders would be the work I did for Taylor Wimpey in the Neath area. The site was former farmland between existing housing and a public footpath and from an initial walkover I was able to identify that trees along the footpath were suitable for bat roosts and that areas of the site were suitable for common lizards and slow worms.
The proposed development did not require any tree felling so the plans were amended to include suitable fences to protect the trees from accidental damage and no bat work was needed. Protecting the corridor of natural habitat formed by the trees also counted towards Code for Sustainable Homes credits for the site.

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I was also able to carry out a specialist reptile survey, which established that there were no reptiles on the site and that no further work was needed.

If anyone is interested in similar work please get in touch.

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