Our initial site survey, often required by Local Planning Authorities to accompany a planning application, is called a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) (previously known as Preliminary Ecological Assessment). Our PEA follows guidance issued by the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (see http://www.ieem.net/gpea.asp). Local Authorities can refer to this type of survey as an ‘Environmental Statement’, ‘Ecological Impact Assessment’, ‘Scoping Survey’, Baseline Survey’ or ‘Extended Phase 1 Survey’ and it is sometimes called a ‘Walkover Survey’.
The purpose of a PEA is to look at the site to determine which species and habitats are present and to assess its potential to support protected species, and others of county or national significance, that may not be immediately apparent. The PEA report will set out what requirement there is for further survey work and the likely need for mitigation or avoidance measures once planning consent has been received. Scheduling a PEA / Phase 1 survey early in the planning process can save time and avoid unnecessary delays because of the seasonality of many of the species survey methodologies.
EECOS ecologists will visit your site and prepare a report that can be submitted with your planning application. Our PEA report includes the following:
If you require a quote for a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal / Phase One survey please send an email to us at email@example.com including a brief description of what is proposed, timescales, site plans and any correspondence received from the Local Planning Authority. Alternatively you can contact us in the office on 01621 862986. We can carry out PEA / Phase One surveys in Essex and surrounding counties, including Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and London.