EPR has over 25 years experience in the ecology and planning sector. We pride ourselves on providing sound ecological advice of the highest quality, which, if necessary, we are able to defend robustly at Public Inquiry, and which we believe pays dividends to our clients in ensuring the best possible chance of a positive project outcome.
Residential projects (click to expand)
South of M4 Strategic Development Location, Reading
University of Reading, Taylor Wimpey & David Wilson Homes
EPR undertook substantial ecological survey work over an area in excess of 600ha, and provided ecological input to the master-planning process, ecological chapters, for a suite of planning applications, together with management plans and the coordination of a Design and Access Statement, and presenting key evidence at Inquiry. Our design of a suite of SANGs developed to avoid effects on the Thames Basin Heaths SPA, has been pivotal in the securing a number of residential consents for the University.
Upper Froyle, Hampshire
Linden Homes / Nicolas James Group
EPR provided key work to help secure planning permission for a substantial redevelopment of the 6.7 ha site.
From the initial ecological appraisal stage through to the further protected species surveys, the design of a mitigation strategy and the successful acquisition of two European Protected Species Licences (EPSLs) for Bats and GCN.
EPR have since been entrusted with the task of the long-term ecological management of the site.
EPR has been part of the project team for over 10 years, and was pivotal in achieving a planning consent for 800 houses, on a site which includes a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, and a large population of great crested newts. Our input included extensive ecological surveys, preparation of the ecology chapter for the Environmental Statement and the design and current implementation of a 25ha nature conservation area, preparation of a management plan and application for an EPS licence for the Great Crested Newts.
West London Mental Health NHS Trust
Redevelopment of the land, including around 500 residential units a commercial area, an energy centre and associated roads and infrastructure.
The development site is in close proximity to the Broadmoor and Bagshot Woods and Heaths SSSI, a component part of the Thames Basin Heaths SAC and SPA, our work has concentrated on impact avoidance and mitigation strategies for the designated sites.
We have worked closely with a multidisciplinary team to develop a viable mitigation and open space strategy, for hospital workers and potential new residents, including provision of an area of Suitable Accessible Natural Greenspace (SANG). We have also assessed the impacts of the predicted increase in deposition of NOx, nutrient nitrogen and acid nitrogen on part of the SSSI and SAC as a result of increased road traffic and as a result of the operation of the energy centre. In both cases we have been able to demonstrate no likely significant effect on the European sites, assisting in the release of development potential on the site.
Infrastructure projects (click to expand)
A38 Dobwalls Bypass
Parsons Brinckerhoff (on behalf of Highways Agency)
Construction of an approximately 4km by-pass around the village of Dobwalls in Cornwall, we undertook extensive surveys of bats, reptile, great crested newt and dormouse. We prepared the ecological chapter of the Environmental Statement. We presented ecological evidence at Public Inquiry and successfully negotiated with Natural England ensuring no statutory objection to the scheme.
We were actively involved in the implementation of the project, including the detailed design work, Advanced Work Design and specifications for the Ecological Design. We successfully obtained the relevant protected species licences and were responsible for on the ground supervision of the works.
Habitat management projects (click to expand)
Aldershot Integrated Rural Management Plan
EPR was commissioned by Natural England to review the management and condition of the ecological features of value in Defence Estate Aldershot Training Area Unit 5 as part of a wider commission to draft the next generation of management plans for the Aldershot Estate – the Integrated Rural Management Plans (IRMPs). The managment proposals were based largely on earlier vegetation survey and condition monitoring undertaken by EPR on behalf of Defence Estates across the MOD Aldershot and Longmoor Training Areas.
Energy projects (click to expand)
Kings Lynn Energy from Waste
EPR was commissioned to assess the effects of a proposed energy from waste facility upon a range of sites designated for nature conservation purposes; in particular, the effects of emissions to air upon the Roydon Common and Dersingham Bog Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Roydon Common Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This involved working closely with a multidisciplinary consultant team, particularly the air quality consultants.
We presented evidence at Public Inquiry and were able to conclude that the proposals were not likely to have a significant effect upon the SSSI/SAC either alone or in combination with other plans and projects, a conclusion endorsed by Norfolk County Council, Natural England and the Environment Agency.