BREEAM Ecology Report for Planning and Development
BREEAM stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. It is an environmental assessment method for buildings that is widely used in development. BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and operation.
An Ecology Report is often needed for a BREEAM assessment. It provides a detailed analysis of the site’s ecological value. It also reveals potential long term impacts on wildlife and habitats. This report plays a crucial role in identifying opportunities for minimising ecological disturbance and promoting sustainable land management practices.
BREEAM ecology report process
The primary objective of a BREEAM Ecology Report is to ensure that the design, construction, and operation of a building or development respect and protect the natural environment. The report typically includes a thorough site survey, ecological baseline assessment, and recommendations for mitigating any adverse ecological effects.
During the site survey, ecologists assess the existing ecological features. This assessment helps to establish a baseline for measuring the project’s ecological value and potential improvements.
Following the site survey, the ecologists analyse the potential ecological impacts of the proposed development. This assessment considers factors like loss of habitat, changes in water courses, pollution risks, and disturbance to protected species.
The report then provides recommendations to minimise or compensate for these impacts, ensuring the project aligns with ecological goals. It can then be used to create a management plan to gain a BREEAM certification.
How can Collington Winter assist?
A BREEAM assessment rating can be a major factor when attempting to obtain planning permission with your local planning authority. One of the first steps in this process is to book a suitably qualified ecologist (SQE). They will provide the necessary advice to meet BREEAM guidelines and any guidance on methods to increase a development’s rating.
Our team of BREEAM assessors have helped numerous clients over the years with ecology reports and preliminary ecological appraisals. BREEAM is something that we are qualified and experienced in, and we can offer advice on your building project. We are determined to offer you the support you need both pre and post development.
Our Ecology Director, Olivia Collington, holds a Natural England license. Feel free to contact us using the details below if you would like to find out more about the services we provide and our ecological reports.