BIOSCAN - FOR DEVELOPERS
The majority of Bioscan’s work is for the development sector, for whom we offer the advantages of an enviable reputation for integrity, solid scientific expertise and consistently sound advice on site selection, promotion, avoidance by design, mitigation and compensation and in producing supporting material, from impact assessment statements to management plans.
We are able to perform the full range of ecological assessments, from initial site appraisal and constraints and opportunities analysis, through to the ecological components of statutory Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats Regulations Assessment and non-statutory EcIAs. Staff are proficient in surveying for and obtaining mitigation licensing for the suite of protected species most commonly encountered with development proposals, including bats, great crested newts, dormice, water voles, reptiles, badgers and others.
We also have an excellent track record in ecological advocacy and expert witness services, with principal staff regularly called upon to present the best ecology case possible at planning inquiries.
Greenhill Farm in Pembrokeshire is a farm complex owned by RWE Npower, and no longer in active use as a farm. It comprised a mixture of traditional stone buildings with Welsh slate roofs, and more modern metal and asbestos buildings, all of which were in a very poor state of repair, leading to significant concerns about health and safety. Read more »
Bioscan have been involved in operations at Cauldon Quarry in Staffordshire since 2002 when they were appointed by Blue Circle to look into appropriate means to mitigate for impacts on high quality grasslands from the expansion of the quarry under historic permissions. Read more »
Bioscan acted for Brett Group in designing and then assessing the ecological impacts of a scheme to use imported inert fill to reduce the depth profile of a flooded former clay working on the Thames Estuary. Read more »
Bioscan has worked with the Port of Tilbury (part of the Forth Ports group) for over a decade, developing an extremely detailed understanding of the Port’s landholdings within the Thames Gateway area, and drawing on this to develop bespoke ecological mitigation and compensation to support various applications for new infrastructure, including a new port terminal known as Tilbury2. Read more »
Bioscan acted for Palm Developments and McCulloch Homes in the design and promotion of an eight-nine unit housing scheme on the edge of Lordswood, Chatham. The key issues were ancient woodland and associated species such as bats and dormice, as well as reptiles. Read more »
Bioscan acted for various incarnations of a major renewables company (Innogy, RWE, Npower) on site-selection, micro-siting, design, EIA, four public inquiries and eventual construction and aftercare for the 16 turbine Mynydd y Gwair wind farm between 2004 and 2022. Read more »