The latest information on our proposals can be found in an updated Q&A from October 2019, which is available here.

The biodiversity strategy for the site seeks to create, enhance and manage habitats by:

  • Retaining and enhancing existing hedgerows and planting new native species-rich hedgerows.

  • Ongoing management of retained woodland areas, new native tree planting within the open spaces and along the streets and the creation and management the new native woodland planting.

  • Sowing of new species-rich meadow and marshy grassland in open spaces and within attenuation features.

  • Planting and management of the drainage and attenuation features, including the creation of reed beds, to enhance their ecological value.

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The site slopes downhill, away from Woolwell, and into a deep valley that separates it from Bickleigh and beyond. As such any surface water runoff from the site will be directed away from existing properties.

Six strategic infiltration basins are proposed to manage the surface water runoff:

  • Infiltration basins allow the water to “soak into” the ground, as it does currently across the site.

  • Planning conditions and legal obligations will be agreed with the Council to ensure their long term management and maintenance.

  • Detailed modelling has been undertaken to ensure that they have been sized to accommodate all surface water runoff, allowing for increased rainfall as a result of climate change. This means that there will be no increased risk of flooding in the area.

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