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Aldhurst Farm Habitat Creation Scheme

EDF Energy has received planning permission for a habitat creation scheme including the creation of approximately 6 hectares of wetland habitat, wet reed bed, open-water and perimeter ditches within four ground water basins together with marginal drier reed habitat.

Soils excavated to create the basins, will be used across the remainder of the 67 hectare site to establish a landscape including grassland, heathland, scrub and scattered trees. Other associated works include realignment of the existing watercourse, the relocation of groundwater abstraction boreholes, a new pump house and fencing.

EDF Energy submitted a request for a screening opinion under the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations in October 2014. Our formal response was issued in November 2014.

A formal application for planning permission for the proposal (DC/14/4224/FUL) was submitted on the 23 December 2014.

Conditional planning permission was issued on the 9 March 2015 following the meeting of the Development Management North Sub-Committee on the 4 March 2015.