Medway Gate

Project

Mixed-use development – Cuxton Pits, Medway Gate, Strood, Rochester, Kent

Client                                             

Persimmon Homes / Strand Harbour

Deliverables

  • Translocation of reptiles and amphibians, including the EU protected great crested newt (moved under licence).
  • Design and implementation of the Ecological Management Plan and pond creation.
  • European Protected Species Mitigation Licence for great crested newts

Key Issues

JFA Environmental Planning were appointed to ensure ecological professionalism and efficiency for the client throughout the European protected species licence (great crested newt) application process, post-development monitoring and habitat management. Medway Gate is a mixed development scheme, including the construction of 450 homes and 2800 m2 of offices, play spaces and healthcare facilities. Close consultation with local stakeholders was key, as the site was a designated Site of Nature Conservation Interest.

JFA Environmental Planning aided the conservation of the European protected great crested newt, as well as reptiles and other flora and fauna, by creating and enhancing existing habitat within the development site – a picturesque disused chalk quarry safeguarded as a conservation area. JFA Environmental Planning were thorough in their approach during translocation of herpetofauna and showed high regard for animal welfare as well as implementing the most cost-effective methodology; they were vigilant and professional during monitoring work; and, provided a well thought out long-term management plan to maintain a high level of biodiversity present at the site.

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