South Lanarkshire Development
As part of the proposed expansion of a small village in South Lanarkshire, Practecology was asked to undertake a Phase 1 survey to inform a Planning in Principle Application. The survey assessed the value of adjacent habitats, the presence of protected species and opportunities to retain existing features within the development Masterplan.
Currently the site footprint is used for livestock grazing and occupied by dairy cows so its ecological value is limited. However, there were some good specimen beech trees adjacent to the existing road network and bat boxes were present within the grounds of an old building close to the site. By recommending that the beech trees are incorporated into the final design it is hoped that existing biodiversity can be maintained.