LUC assisted UK Regeneration (UKR) in securing planning permission for the company’s first pilot village.

UKR came to LUC for ecology input into a hybrid planning application for the residential led mixed-use development near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

Key drivers for the masterplan included ecological enhancement and Biodiversity Net Gain.

LUC also completed habitat and species surveys, ranging from breeding birds to water voles in addition to assessing the landscape and visual impacts of the proposed development.

Following the completion of surveys, LUC also carried out an Ecological Impact Assessment which looked at the potential effects of development on local wildlife resources.

The wider project team included HTA Design (master planning); Peter Brett Associates (transport, environment, planning); LUC (ecology, landscape and visual impact); Clyde & Co (legal support); Innes England (development consultancy); and Cast (cost consultancy).

The site was allocated for development within the emerging Central Bedfordshire Council Local Plan and will comprise 1,500 homes.

LUC continued to provide input as the scheme was developed, to ensure that ecological enhancement was a key consideration of the Masterplan and potential issues were designed out. This included avoiding loss of hedgerows, retaining a buffer of open space next to watercourses, and restricting the size of the development’s footprint.

The company also assessed the landscape and visual impacts of the proposed development.