North East Bexhill

Sustainable Urban Extension

FOR bovis homes

To co-ordinate and manage the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a residential led mixed use scheme, including 1,050 new homes and associated infrastructure at North East Bexhill.

 

What we did

  • Prepared and submitted the Environmental Statement to accompany an outline planning application for a residential led mixed use sustainable urban extension at North East Bexhill, comprising up to 1,050 new homes, up to 7,000 sq m of commercial floorspace up to 2,100 sq m of associated uses, including multi-use community facilities, primary school, neighbourhood centre, open space and supporting infrastructure

  • Identified the key environmental issues associated with the project

  • Prepared EIA Scoping Report, and negotiated/agreed scope of EIA with Local Planning Authority and its statutory consultees
  • Engaged with the local community and key stakeholders to identify environmental issues to be incorporated into the scope of the EIA

  • Managed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the scheme and co-ordinated the production of the Environmental Statement (ES)

  • Co-ordinated, advised and worked closely with the client, design and technical team to ensure the EIA process was integral to the development of the outline proposals, clearly defining the key parameters against which the assessment was based

  • Worked with the project lawyers to deliver a legally compliant and robust EIA process

  • Worked with the team to establish the mechanisms for delivering and implementing the identified mitigation and monitoring measures through planning conditions and/or legal agreement.

 


Result

  • Bidwells put forward a robust ES, and through consultation on the application, provided further environmental information, culminating in a unanimous approval of the scheme at Rother District Council’s Planning Committee, whereby the team were commended upon the quality of the submission and how the environmental constraints had influence a quality development scheme

  • The EIA process undertaken and the consent achieved, now sets the development parameters for the future development of North East Bexhill, which is likely to take 8-10 years to construct

  • The EIA process as an integral part of the project’s development, allowed likely significant environmental effects to be identified to the project team at the earliest opportunity, this was particularly important given the significant ecological constraints which affected the site, which resulted in many being avoided or minimised, with the consequence of avoiding expensive mitigation, saving the client and the project money, and ultimately ending up with the design of the scheme driven by the environmental conditions of the site.

 

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