Projects submitted to create a new lake and a wildflower meadow to stimulate local biodiversity

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Posted: Tue, March 16, 2021

This article is old – Publication: Tuesday March 16, 2021

Plans to create a new lake and a wildflower meadow to help improve local biodiversity have been proposed.

The application, which was submitted by Chris Burnett Associates, landscape architects, proposes that the land at Penley Mill be used to house the project.

The existing land is described as “lowland bordered agricultural land” which is “wet grassland and heavily populated with wetland plants such as rush”.

As part of the proposed project, a new lake will be created by “digging to a maximum depth of 3.0m from the existing ground level”.

Work on this would take place outside of the bird breeding season, with details in the app design and access statement explaining, “A small island will also be” created.

“The excavated material will form a low mound south of the lake which will ultimately form the site of a new species-rich wetland wildflower meadow.”

The plans also include new native timber plantations on both sides of the lake, which will serve as “wooded corridors connecting the old woodlot to the south with wooded areas to the north on a field at the northernmost end of the property.” .

The design and access declaration concludes: “The proposed project will significantly enrich the landscape, visual and ecological diversity.

“It will provide habitats that are not present in significant amounts in the surrounding area and will significantly contribute to the forest cover in the area.

“The proposals are large in scale but are consistent with the scale and nature of the landscape and will complement and enhance the setting at Penley Mill.

“Public access will be maintained so that everyone can enjoy it.

“In addition, as the site is currently for agricultural use, the existing ecological interest, although limited, could potentially be damaged by future plowing and reseeding operations.

“This program not only protects this ecological interest, but radically improves it by creating a series of additional and diverse habitats from open water, marginal aquatic plantations, forests and wet grasslands.”

Natural Resources Wales expressed “significant concerns” about the proposed development, recommending that plans should only proceed if a Flood Consequence Assessment (FCA) is required to demonstrate that the risks and consequences of flooding can be managed at a reasonable level. acceptable level, in particular “we request more details to be submitted with respect to the proposed dike located along the edge of the ordinary watercourse adjacent to the west of the proposed lake, and how it will be ensured that this is not will not increase the risk of flooding elsewhere.

Natural Resources Wales also says it needs more research to assess the extent of the adverse effects on crested newts and any avoidance or mitigation measures before the plan can be supported.

The proposals will be considered for approval at a later date, either by the officers or by the advisers.

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