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The above surveys may be required if your application contains any of the following:

  • veteran trees (more than 100 years old, girth 1m+), cellars, ice houses, old mines and caves;
  • buildings with features suitable for bats, or large gardens in suburban and rural areas.  These features typically include loft spaces, hanging tiles, weather boarding, slate or clay tiled pitched roof, gable ends;
  • traditional timber-framed buildings (such as a barn or oast house);
  • lakes, rivers and streams (on the land or nearby);
  • heathland on, nearby or linked to the site (by similar habitat);
  • meadows, grassland, parkland and pasture on the land or linked to the site (by similar habitat);
  • ponds or slow-flowing waterbodies (like ditches) on the site or within 250m (500m for major developments) and linked by semi-natural habitat such as parks or heaths;
  • rough grassland and previously development land (brownfield sites) on or next to the site;
  • woodland scrub and hedgerows on (greater than 1m tall, 0.5m wide), or next to the site, including where changes in lighting proposed;
  • coastal habitats;
  • gravel pits, quarries, natural cliff faces, or rock outcrops;
  • previously developed land, brownfield, derelict or railway land; and
  • arable fields with hedgerow and/or grass margin.

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