Tree constraints in development

The brief

Defence Estates / Land Securities are applying for outline planning permission to develop a 320ha area of land on the Hoo Peninsula, north of Rochester, Kent. The site was formerly the home of Chattenden Barracks and training area and Lodge Hill Camp and training area. It also includes areas of Chattenden Woods, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). We were asked to provide ecological and arboricultural advice and surveys for input into the masterplan, and, as part of this, to produce the ecology chapters for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to support the planning submission.

What we did

  • Thomson Ecology has been involved since the start of the project, gaining a full understanding of the existing biodiversity of the site and helping to design the masterplan.
  • We undertook an arboricultural survey to BS5837:2005 over an area of 320ha and including survey of over 2000 trees, 130 groups of trees and 130 wooded areas.
  • The resulting report and Tree Constraints Plan were used to inform the site layout at the masterplanning stage.
  • We provided support and ecological advice to the planning authorities at all stages.
  • We liaised and negotiated with the statutory authorities.

Recommendations and outcomes

The redevelopment of the site is expected to deliver a maximum of 4535 residential dwellings, employment and retail facilities, schools, health centres, sports areas and public open space.