Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

The majority of planning applications will require a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) to consider the potential effects of the proposed development on ecological receptors.

A desk study of ecological record data and statutory and non-statutory designations is undertaken as a first step to build a picture of the site and its surroundings. An initial field survey of the site is then undertaken to determine its habitats and any potential for protected species.

Where ecological constraints are considered to be significant, the PEA will provide details of any additional habitat or species specific surveys that may be required.

A PEA can be carried out at any time of year, although additional required surveys may be seasonally restricted.