Mitigation forms an integral part of any ‘Protected Species’ License application, without which such applications made to Natural England are unlikely to be granted. The basis of the ‘Mitigation’ is the Method Statement, describing who, where and how animals will be accounted for predominantly
Post-development in order that activity impacts can be minimised and healthy populations for the
Mitigation or compensation is measured by many dynamic factors, species, population, location, seasonality are just a few forces that will determine the level of input. See link to our Mitigation
Plan/ Data Construction.
Compensation is usually in the form of a compromise between what is lost and what can be done
in return to balance the impact. For instance the loss of an area from development with protected
species such as Great Crested Newts may require aquatic enhancements or a pond reinstatement,
pond creation for sustainable breeding and/or terrestrial habitat with sufficient resting and foraging
areas. These are measured against specific site variables or factors written into the Method
Statement during the licensing application process. Areas enhanced for such purposes are referred
to as ‘Receptor Sites’.
FACE has the professionalism to implement all form of Mitigation. We have had years of experience
in ‘Habitat Creation’ design and build.
Mitigation / Compensation Measures for Loss of Habitats
Below details the trapping effort and mitigation measures expected by Natural England.
Once the development is completed and mitigation / compensation measures are implemented,
monitoring will be required. This will involve Post-Development surveys being undertaken on the site
to assess impact as a comparison to previously surveyed locations. Maintenance of the site following completion should be set out in a management plan that will be submitted with the initial license application. The management plan should include details such as: aquatic vegetation management, clearance of any trees or shrub causing shading, de-silting, mowing or cutting of grassland,
woodland and scrub management etc. Details should be included on who will undertake the works
and how it shall be funded. Natural England may also require monitoring and management to be
secured with a planning agreement.
Forecasting the need for ecology surveys is especially important in terms of applying for planning permission, since Local Authorities are required under Planning Policy Statement 9 (PPS9), to base decisions on up-to-date baseline information about the environmental characteristics of an area,
including the presence of, or potential for, protected species of wildlife or their habitats. A lack of such information will usually result in the planning application being rejected, potentially causing lengthy
delays, with financial implications.