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 emerging 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.
New woodland tree planting
Natural drainage solutions
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 future 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. Further assessment work is underway in respect of the potential for archaeological features to be present within the site and road verges. An agreed scheme of mitigation will seek to provide design solutions through preservation in situ and preservation by record.
Seating areas within landscape