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BS:42020; Biodiversity – Code of Practice for planning and development; Biodiversity Offsetting

Biodiversity Offsetting.

The new BS; 42020 Biodiversity – Code of Practice for planning and development will help biodiversity offsetting. This is due to the fact that planning, buildings, new developments plus changes in land use, are all included in this new BS 42020 on biodiversity. The BS; Biodiversity – Code of practice for planning and development looks at how man’s activities impact upon the biodiversity of the landscape, on its ecology, plants and animals.

The new BS provides guidance on how to produce clear and concise ecological information to accompany planning applications. This is, after Phase 1 ecological surveys have taken place. Biodiversity offsetting and habitat design by Landvision are a further part of this work, for compliance with BS;42020 by development projects in East Sussex. Ecology survey work and in depth site knowledge of sites in East Sussex all enable Landvision to produce sustainable habitat designs for resilient landscapes which comply with this new BS;42020; on Biodiversity – Code of practice for planning and development.

Landscape management for resilient landscapes.

Habitat design for resilient landscapes can be enhanced by landscape management. Tailored to each site’s ecology, plant and animal species, to the network of habitats. Ecology survey work and in depth site knowledge, enables Landvision to produce sustainable habitat designs for resilient landscapes. Habitat design and sustainable landscape advice to BS; 42020 allows developers to offset any impact on biodiversity caused by the proposed developments. Frequently this work is drawn up as part of the biodiversity offsetting in East Sussex, thus involves habitat design of stable, resilient landscapes. Habitat design will produce resilient landscapes in East Sussex. These landscapes will be resistant to pressures, such as flooding and other catastrophic environmental events.

Phase 1 ecological surveys in East Sussex.

Phase 1 ecological surveys in East Sussex are part of the ecology work which Landvision do, as part of landscape planning, in South East England. Biodiversity offsetting involves habitat design and landscape management, with mitigation measures which are informed by the findings of ecological surveys. Habitat design is a part of this offsetting work. Based on sound ecological knowledge of soils and existing conditions, plus species and their needs, Landvision use ecology and landscape character, to inform biodiversity offsetting. Site data collected and in depth understanding of each site, helps to inform tailor made habitat design.

Resilient and bio diverse landscapes.

Designing and managing resilient landscapes through habitat design, sensitive to site ecology, allows Landvision to create sustainable, resilient and bio diverse landscapes. These bio diverse habitats, are vital as they are important in alleviating the effects of climatic change, the related storm events. For example, design and management of planting belts to alleviate the effects of flooding. By design of native tree belts, to help slow down water run off and enable water to percolate into underground aquifers, surface water run off is decreased and rates slowed. So, anti flooding planting design can save lives, aswell as livelihoods, whilst also building ecosystem resilience.

Healthy eco systems, which are bio diverse are also more resilient ecosystems. Landvision habitat design such as that of tree planting areas, can create more attractive landscapes for recreation, such shady areas in Parks and Public Open Spaces, which are also diverse and in keeping with their landscape settings. These habitats can be designed to include ponds, wild flower meadows, woodlands and species rich grassland. Heathland and dunes are also vital in delivering ecosystem services, as stores of biodiversity and as recreational areas.

These will continue to be managed to safeguard the UK’s biodiversity. The sensitive management of these Open Spaces will also enhance and preserve biodiversity of rare and protected species, for future generations to enjoy. These new habitats will be in compliance with BS 42020; Biodiversity – Code of practice for planning and development. Call Landvision now on 01892 782200 for more details, or go to the Landvision Contact page.


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Problem with Tree Officer

We often undertake trial pits to show that there are few roots within the RPA

Landvision helped us out with an extremely complex tree protection issue, which we were stuck on and was holding up our project. Their approach was at all times practical and professional and they successfully managed the issue for us. They always came back to me promptly whenever I had a query and with a helpful, positive and cheery attitude at all times, I would not hesitate to use them again or recommend them to others.