Ecology and Biodiversity
This proposal will result in the loss of up to 30 Hectares of quality agricultural land together with associated habitat fragmentation which is recognised as having negative impacts on biodiversity.
There is a pond hosting Great Crested Newts, a species listed on Annex IV of the EC ‘Habitats and Species Directive’.
In spite of pledges of protection by the developers this pond will become ecologically isolated and given its proximity to a high density housing development will be vulnerable to pollution and human interference, thereby placing this newt population at risk.
Great crested newts only spend a limited amount of their life cycle in water during the reproductive phase, dispersing thereafter into the surrounding land, land which will be impacted by the development.
The fields are used in the winter as a feeding area by bird species including Curlew, (Amber listed status) and Lapwing, (Red Status) together with many other
winter migrant species.