Bio Diversity and Green Infrastructure

Please refer to the Landscape pages in the Planning Policy Evidence Base section for the South Wealden Growth Area Landscape and Ecological Assessment 2017 and the Wealden Local Plan Sites Landscape and Ecological Assessment Study 2017.

Wealden Green Infrastructure Study (May 2017)

Wealden District Council commissioned Chris Blandford Associates to undertake a strategic assessment of the Districts current green infrastructure provision. The purpose of this work was to assess the quantity, quality and accessibility of the Districts green assets that contribute to the green infrastructure network, including but not limited to trees, hedgerows, parks, public rights of way, rivers, farmland, churchyards and natural/semi natural green spaces. From this audit the work identifies deficiencies within the network and makes recommendations for opportunities for provision and enhancement of green infrastructure to provide a coherent and accessible network for the benefit of people and nature. The assessment will also provide baseline information to inform the production of a forthcoming Green Infrastructure Strategy for the District. The study can be downloaded below;

This study details ecological information to inform the process of identifying suitable sites for future development. The report presents a desk top survey for each Strategic Development Area (SDA) and field surveys for each of the Sub Areas which form each Strategic Development Area. The report also identifies habitats of value and sensitivity and makes recommendations for the protection, maintenance, enhancement, restoration and creation of habitats.

Phase 1

Phase 2

The Ecology Consultancy was commissioned by Wealden District Council to carry out breeding bird, reptile and Phase 2 botanical surveys of Hawkenbury Farm Meadows Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI), Frant.