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. The application was refused and Bioscan provided evidence to the subsequent appeal on how the reinstatement of secured coppice management and access management delivered by the project, which also provided a contribution to a wood fuel powered district heating scheme, outweighed the impacts of loss of a strip of previously disturbed ancient woodland to an access road. Evidence was also provided on dormice, reptiles and bats.
The scheme was allowed on appeal. Bioscan have subsequently overseen the translocation of ancient woodland soils and coppice stools, which have been used to restore parts of the retained woodland damaged by recreational and tipping activity.