Phase 1, Ecological Scoping and Preliminary Protected Species Surveys
What is a Phase 1, Ecological Scoping or Preliminary Protected Species Survey?
These are all different names for the initial baseline ecological survey which a proposed Development Site might require. Many Local Planning Authorities (LPA's) use a Phase 1 Survey as shorthand for an Ecological Assessment which includes habitat information as well as Protected Species assessments. The surveys can be described in terms of these two aims.
The first component is an assessment of habitats - this provides an overview of onsite habitats with descriptions of botanical species present, condition and context.
The second component is an assessment of what fauna these habitats might support - a Preliminary Protected Species Assessment. This draws upon the habitat assessment and identifies where suitable habitats exist for different species. It also allows us to rule 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 comprehensively provide the information required by our clients to secure Planning Permission.
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