Heritage and Ecology
The proposals have been informed by an ecological desk study, a phase 1 habitat survey and specialist surveys for protected and notable species including bats, badgers, great crested newts and reptiles.
This has shown that the site is generally of limited nature conservation interest, being dominated by intensively farmed arable fields. Where habitats of higher interest occur, such as the hedgerows and a small pond around field margins, these are limited to field boundaries and where possible will be retained.
The illustrative landscape masterplan indicates that it will be possible to create and enhance opportunities for wildlife through new tree planting and creation of scrub, meadow grassland and wetland habitats as part of the landscape and surface water drainage scheme. This will maintain opportunities for the movement of wildlife in addition to providing substantial new areas of habitat in their own right.
An assessment of the development’s biodiversity net gain has been undertaken and has concluded a substantial gain will be achieved.
New woodland tree planting
Heritage and Archaeology
The site does not include any designated built heritage assets, but it has been identified that there is the potential for proposed use and development to affect the significance of heritage assets in the surrounding area indirectly; through change to the shared landscape setting and views. As part of the informed process of scheme design development, and also our assessment work for the application, the following assets have been identified and their historical development and special interest analysed:
Upper Wanborough Conservation Area
Liddington Conservation Area
Listed Building Group at Upper Wanborough in particular Pack Hill / Church Road and Parish Church of St Andrew (Grade I)
Listed Building Group at Liddington in particular The Street and Parish Church of All Saints (Grade I)
Dispersed Listed Building Group north and north east of The Marsh.
It is a legislative and planning policy requirement that the effect of new development on the special interest and or setting of listed buildings and conservation areas be assessed as part of any application. Since the submission of the planning application trial trenching has been undertaken on site to confirm the potential for archaeological features to be present within the site and road verges. The results of the trial trenching form part of the April 2020 submission.
Natural drainage solutions
Seating areas within landscape