Landscape and ecology
As part of the proposals, detailed soft and hard landscaping plans will be implemented to provide tree and other planting throughout the site. Existing trees will be retained where possible, although the majority in the centre of the site will need to be removed to allow for development as approved in the outline planning permission. Green routes will be provided through the development to link the open spaces.
The site lies within the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (TBH SPA) and therefore two SANGs have been provided as part of the wider Mindenhurst development for both existing and new residents to enjoy. The central SANG is located immediately to the south-east of this parcel.
A Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) are both located within the SANG areas and the SANGs management plan recognises the need to retain the biodiversity value of these designated sites. The proposals will provide details illustrating how species including bats, badgers, common lizards, slow worms and grass snakes will be protected.
Flood risk and drainage
The site is located in an area which is at low risk of flooding. The drainage strategy for the proposals will be linked to the overall Sustainable Urban Drainage Strategy (SUDS) for the wider site, which sets out how the surface water will be managed, utilising a mixture of new and existing drainage channels which generally flow in the direction of the Basingstoke Canal. The storm water from the site will be attenuated on site so it runs-off into the Canal at a slow rate.
Part of the site is identified as being likely to contain some contamination due to its previous use as an military base. Decontamination of the site will be carried out prior to commencement of the development.