Project Residential development – Park Farm, Maresfield, East Sussex
Client Persimmon Homes Ltd
- Extended Phase 1 survey
- Protected species survey – bats and reptiles
- European protected species licence – bats
- Habitat creation
- Watching brief – during demolition
- Post-development monitoring
The key ecological and planning policy issue, and thereafter a planning condition, that presented at this site was the presence of a well-established bat roost (of brown long eared bats, pipistrelle bats and occasional use by a larger bat species) in the roof void of Park Farm farmhouse. JFA Environmental Planning were able to propose a contemporary and innovative mitigation strategy to include in the European protected species licence application, which was granted by Natural England, without complication, in October 2011.
The mitigation plan included the creative design of six ‘bat-friendly’ double garages to be incorporated into the development, as well as further recommended enhancement measures to increase the biodiversity at the site. JFA are also able to provide bat licensed ecologists to supervise the demolition of the roof. Post development monitoring will take place for the following four years in order to gather information about the success of the new roosts that have been created. As well as feeding this information back to Natural England, this will help to inform future bat mitigation strategies, as JFA continually strive to improve and refine the quality of our services.