A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) is the basic prerequisite survey for ecology investigations. The PEA is the key first stage in the assessment process and at Cambridge Ecology these are undertaken by experienced staff so that key ecological issues are identified early and accurately. All our surveyors are members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
Almost all planning applications require an assessment of ecological effects. The PEA may be used as a discrete report to accompany a planning application providing information required by the regulatory bodies to determine whether to grant a planning application. Where the PEA identifies the need for more detailed or species specific surveys, it is important to note that the PEA will not provide all of the information required and will need to be accompanied by other detailed or species specific survey reports.
The PEAs combine a desk study and field survey of a development site, undertaken by experienced ecologists. When commissioned at the early stage of the planning process our assessments will inform you of any ecological issues likely to arise from the proposed development.
- Identifying the key ecological constraints such as the presence or likely absence of protected species or habitats
- Identifying the need for species specific surveys, and for the identifying appropriate site management objectives
- Informing the impact assessment process – Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)/Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
- Making appropriate ecological recommendations for further actions in order to progress the development
- Providing guidance on wildlife legislation obligations and Local Planning Authority (LPA) and Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation (SNCO) requirements
- Identifying design options and mitigation measures
- Providing a basis for consultation with the local planning authority and other stakeholders
- Outlining the benefits of protecting, managing and enhancing a site’s biodiversity value
- Maximising the ecological credits under BREEAM or Code for Sustainable Homes accreditation scheme.
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