Hellingly Hospital

Project  Hospital re-development for residential led mixed-use development – Hellingly Hospital, Hellingly, East Sussex

Client  Persimmon Homes Ltd


  • Landscape strategy
  • Protected species surveys
  • Protected species licences – bats, badgers
  • Mitigation
  • BREEAM / Code for Sustainable Homes
  • Habitat creation
  • On-site monitoring

Key Issues

The protection and mitigation of the wide diversity of existing habitats has been a key consideration for the design, construction and maintenance proposals presented by the landscape team for the Community Park.

JFA Environmental Planning have worked on this large scale mixed-use development project since 2007. The first three phases of construction have almost been completed, totalling around 380 houses, with construction, and on-going ecological monitoring by JFA Environmental Planning, for a further two phases.

JFA Environmental Planning facilitated the clearance of bats from the hospital blocks, by obtaining a licence from Natural England, to allow refurbishment. The bat barn that was designed and built as part of the mitigation plan was quickly utilised by the displaced bats. Mitigation work for a range of other species (badgers, dormice, reptiles) allowed in situ retention, thereby maintaining biodiversity interests.

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