Botanical Surveys: Phase 1 Habitat Assessment
What is a Phase 1 Habitat Assessment?
Phase 1 Habitat Assessments are the baseline habitat and botanical surveys which underpin most Ecological Assessments. They provide an overview of onsite habitats with descriptions of species present, condition and context.
Many Local Planning Authorities (LPA's) use a Phase 1 Survey as a shorthand for a habitat description, along with an assessment of potential for protected species and they would expect this information to be present in any subsequent report. We would always use a Phase 1 survey to conduct a Preliminary Protected Species Assessment, identifying where suitable habitat exists for different species and ruling out those species for which suitable habitat is not present.
In some cases, a Phase 1 Habitat Assessment is the only survey type required to support a Planning Application - sometimes the assessment will identify a requirement for further botanical or protected species surveys to meet Best Practice.
How can LSC help?
Our Ecologists work in a wide variety of habitat types to undertake Phase 1 Habitat Assessments including farmland and open countryside, upland sites, woodland, brownfield sites, coastal areas and landscaped sites. Our surveyors have a high level of botanical identification skills to allow comprehensive species lists to be assembled. Our multi-disciplinary surveyors can also use this survey to identify potential habitat for protected species, thus maximising use of costs and time.
Our surveys are completed to the Best Practice Guidelines outlined by the JNCC, and our reports consistently and comprehensively provide the information required by our clients to secure Planning Permission.
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