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Preliminary Ecological Appraisals for five primary school buildings at Powys schools

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RPS completed Preliminary Ecological Appraisals to provide a detailed breakdown of ecological resources for the demolition and replacement of five primary school buildings with landscaping with sports/play areas and biodiversity features.

Project name
Powys schools

Client
Willmott Dixon

Location
Various, Powys and Herefordshire

Services provided

  • Ecology
    • Ecological and protected species survey
    • Planning support
    • Mitigation design and implementation
    • NRW EPS licensing (bats)
    • Planning condition discharge
School garden with wooden bench and pond with a water butt.

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We worked closely with the client to anticipate potential ecological constraints and provide solutions to avoid. We designed and oversaw implementation of all ecological mitigation and advised on landscape and lighting design.

Protected species surveys were carried out for roosting bats (building emergence and tree climbing), great crested newts (environmental DNA surveys), and dormouse in a hedgerow to be translocated.

Works potentially affecting GCN and dormouse were addressed with non-licensed method statements. With appropriate work timing and the use of other reasonable avoidance measures, the cost and delay of EPS licensing was avoided. The on-site hedgerow with dormouse potential was translocated under the supervision of a dormouse licence holder following thorough checks to confirm no dormice nests were present. Translocation rather than replanting meant there was no temporary habitat loss. Two NRW mitigation licences were obtained for the loss of pipistrelle roosts in buildings, with no impact on works timing. 

RPS designed and oversaw implementation of all ecological mitigation, as well as advising on maximising BREEAM ecology credits and discharging ecology related planning conditions, specifically: biodiversity enhancement strategies, landscape and ecology management plans, and a method statement to avoid impacts on the River Wye SSSI and SAC. 

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Ecological appraisals

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Biosecurity risk assessments

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BREEAM ecology assessment

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Sites requiring biodiversity enhancement strategies

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Bat emergence surveys

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Great Crested Newt eDNA surveys