Extension of student accommodation at St Catherine’s College, Oxford requiring Ecological Design Strategy
St Catherine’s College, Oxford wished to extend student accommodation and create a new graduate centre. Planning conditions required a written Ecological Design Strategy (EDS) addressing biodiversity compensation and enhancement prior to development.
What did we do?
MKA Ecology undertook site surveys and produced the EDS as required. It specified the means by which existing ecological features would be protected during construction and set out a scheme for establishing new ecological features appropriate to the site, its heritage and setting. The strategy included detailed planting schemes and management regimes for a wild flower meadow, understorey and new woodlands, bat sensitive lighting and the installation of bat roost boxes and bird nest boxes in suitable locations.
What was the outcome for the client?
The client was enabled to discharge the planning condition and demonstrated sustainable ecological enhancement for the benefit and wellbeing of students and staff.
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