There is an extremely long ecology report in with the planning application.
Unfortunately it doesn’t include a migrating bird study despite Kent Wildlife Trust telling them that they should consider doing one when they were drawing up the scoping for the Environmental Impact Assessment. The report points out that some of the grassland has ecological importance but that has just been ignored when drawing up the plans. It is this report that points out that capping the site for the contamination will mean removing all the vegetation. It proposes some mitigation eg capturing all the toads and relocating them but we are not convinced that this will be effective.
You can read the report here: ecology
CPREKent and Kent Wildlife Trust have objected on ecological grounds – worth reading their comments:
Also worth reading the KCC biodiversity report
Following the publication of the additional planning documents KWT commented that the applicant should review the scheme design in view of the close proximity to the canal which is a Local Wildlife Site. They stress the importance of the Maritime Grassland. They say that the applicant should not be asking the ecologist to defend the design but instead should adjust the scheme to better reflect the ecological constraints.
KCC’s ecology department have also commented on the additional documents. They continue to have concerns about the mitigation strategy, the lighting and whether there will be sufficient capacity on the north bank of the canal to house the displaced reptiles and amphibians.
In their original comment the Environment Agency requested a condition that their be a 25m buffer zone along the canal to protect the canal. When the applicant stated that they could not meet this condition the EA disappointingly backed down and have now said that a 20m buffer would be acceptable where the 25m cannot be achieved.
This Twitter account is a wonderful record of the different species seen on Princes Parade. Nigel has now moved away from the area so you will have to scroll down to see his Princes Parade Tweets.