Biodiversity Result on Project

October 27, 2020


Ellerslie Lane – Biodiversity

We are pleased to announce we have the result of the biodiversity from the Ecologist that the net biodiversity on this project has been finalised at +10% based on our external scheme. Which means that the biodiversity Net Gain is essentially an approach to development that leaves biodiversity in a better state than before.

The proposal is to take a former equestrian centre, paddocks, stables, and arena, with a plan is to replace with 26 units, with 7 allocated as affordable housing and leaving the main house and gardens intact.

In all over 300m of 5 species native hedgerow, 2400m2 of wildflower planting linking the south of the site to the north with a fencing scheme that allows free movement between gardens and boundaries whilst still maintaining privacy and security.

In addition, all hard landscape materials are SuDS compliant and permeable allowing all surface rainfall back into the natural watercourse.

We have been working on this project with our client Matt Chivers, Director of Paramount Land and Development Ltd to ensure the soft landscape proposals are made central to the planning.

Cross section plan

Meadow planting 

Planting will be with nature in mind, with a mixture of traditional meadow flowers and grasses including some of the following: see images

Achillea millefolium

Digitalis purpurea

Salvia verbenaca


Wild Carrot


English Hedgerows

We are pushing the use of native species in the hedgerows as far as possible in bringing back the typical English countryside hedge, with a mix of all the different varieties including below:

25% Quickthorn (Hawthorn, May) – Crataegus monogyna

25% Backthorn (Sloe) – Prunus Spinosa

25% Field Maple – Acer campestre

25% selected from the following species (a minimum of 5)

Common Alder – Alnus glutinosa

Bird Cherry – Prunus padus

Myrobalan Plum – Prunus cerasifera

Guelder Rose – Viburnum poulus

Hazel – Corylus Avellana

Dog Rose – Rosa Canina

Common Dogwood – Cornus sanguinea

Elder – Sambucus nigra

Hornbeam – Carpinus betulus

Wild Pear – Pyrus communis

Sweet Briar Rose – Rosa rubiginosa

Spindle – Euonymus europaeus

Wild Crab-apple – Malus sylvestris

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