Scoping for Housing Developments - Cumbria

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys for Housing Developments

Nevis has carried out a number of phase 1 habitat assessments for housing developers in and around Cumbria. Many developers request this survey to inform their planning application. This allows for early identification and mitigation of sensitive habitats or species.

Sensitive species/habitats that may be identified during an extended phase 1 habitat survey include:

An active badger sett, just one of the many signs that our ecologists are looking for on your development site.

An active badger sett, just one of the many signs that our ecologists are looking for on your development site.

  •       Single mature veteran trees that are suitable for roosting bats or birds.

  •       Mature hedgerows used by nesting birds

  •       Badger setts

  • Breeding birds

  •       Ponds suitable for Great Crested Newts

  •       Watercourses providing suitable habitat for water vole

  •       And habitats listed as SSSI, SAC or other designated conservation status

Nevis’ trained ecologists have carried out extended phase 1 habitat surveys on a range of greenfield and brownfield sites for housing, retail and commercial developments.

Nevis was contracted in 2017 to provide preliminary ecological appraisals on 2 sensitive sites in the North of England for a proposed housing development.

Working on behalf of the client, Nevis carried out an extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey on two fields, one of which was under development by a local developer and the other was an agricultural field surrounded by hedgerows and trees.


Although no licenses were required, our consultants had to be aware of current legislation including:

  •       The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981,

  •       Habitat Regulations 2017,

  •       The Badgers Act 1992,

  •       Hedgerow Regulations 1997,

  •       Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction BS 5837:2012.


The site proposed difficulties due to the sensitive nature of the development. At the time it was not known to the general public that this extra land was earmarked for development. The survey completed was for outline planning approval (which has since been withdrawn).

Mitigation recommended:

Planting for habitats which would be of benefit for wildlife, provision for bats, hedgehogs.

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If you require more information or independent technical advice on your project, please do not hesitate to contact us.