Large Housing  and Infrastructure Development

Client: Private Developer, Location: Essex, Type: Housing and Infrastructure, Baseline, Planning and Mitigation

The scheme is a proposed development of a new neighbourhood for Essex.  The site covers an area of 220 hectares, which is currently in agricultural use.  The development will include over 3,500 houses, schools, a business park and a new railway station.  Richard Graves has worked on the project since 2003 and ecological advice has been incorporated into the project masterplan from the start.  A comprehensive baseline survey revealed protected species including bats, badgers, reptiles and great crested newts at the site.  Richard Graves Associates is currently providing services including pre-construction advice, mitigation design and protected species licensing in advance of the first phase of the project.  The project presents many opportunities for biodiversity enhancement within the development and has been carefully designed to minimise the impact on protected wildlife which will be retained within the site.


Large Housing Development, Brownfield Site

Client: Private Developer, Location: London, Type: Housing, Licencing and Mitigation

Development of  new houses and associated infrastructure is proposed on land, in north London which has been previously built on.  The site supports protected species and several bat roosts.  Richard Graves Associates is involved in bat surveys using current best practice and the design of appropriate bat mitigation in support of a licence.  Bat and other species mitigation will be incorporated into the development and will ensure a more secure future for these protected species than they do in their current environment.

Office Redevelopment

Client: Contractor / Developer, Location: City of London, Type: Office Concept Design

Richard Graves Associates are advising the client on the incorporation of ‘green’ features into a new headquarters office in central London.  As there is limited space and no areas of landscaping the use of the roof to benefit wildlife and building users is being explored.  Current proposals include a section of biodiverse living roof fruit trees, herb and vegetable planters and an apiary to pollinate the plants.

Small Housing Development, Kent

Client: Private Developer, Location: Kent Type: Discharge of Planning Conditions

Richard Graves Associates was engaged to discharge a planning condition relating to bat use of trees and vegetation at the site.  The site was surveyed, confirming that none of the trees present were suitable for bats. Planning permission was granted.