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Ecological Studies

Ecological Asset Desktop Assessment of Local Plan Sites

A desktop assessment has been undertaken of sites being considered for allocation for in the Burnley Local Plan and the ecological information on these sites that is held by the Lancashire Environment Record Network (LERN). Its purpose is help the local planning authority in selecting sites for allocation and fulfill its requirements in respect of relevant legislation and national policy.

These ecological assets include records of designated sites, protected and priority species, and other environmental assets of significance.

The report details the information sources checked and whether they are relevant to individual sites. The information provided is purely factual and contains no opinions as to the merits or desirability of the allocation of particular sites. It is recommended that appropriate advice is sought in respect of the implications of the information provided. Such advice is available from specialist environmental consultancies.

The Desktop Assessment incorporates information obtained from previous survey work which is held by LERN.

The initial Assessment was completed in 2015 and the December 2016 Supplement includes those sites being considered for allocation which had not been included in the 2015 assessment.

 

Species Surveys

To support the emerging Local Plan, 'walk over' species surveys of sites being considered for alloctaion in the Plan have been undertaken.

Earlier Habitat Survey 2007

Under instruction from Burnley Borough Council, Golder Associates (UK) undertook a survey of all sites of known or potential nature conservation value within the borough. This took the form of a Phase 1 Habitat Survey that followed the standard methodology set out by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC, 2004). This survey is described as the ‘Burnley Wildlife and Habitat Survey’.

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