1 July 2015
We are pleased to announce a new ecological project that will see a working partnership with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Boskalis Westminster.
A scheme for the ecological enhancement of RSPB Cliffe Pools Nature Reserve in Kent, through the importation of up to 1 million cubic metres of dredgings and other suitable material, has been given the green light by Medway Council.
RSPB Cliffe Pools is a former clay working of over 200 hectares that is situated adjacent to the Thames Estuary and is already designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Area and Ramsar.
We are working with the RSPB and their design for enhancing the existing habitat by creating shallow saline lagoons and nesting islands to benefit wading birds and waterfowl, saline invertebrates and other non-avian species of conservation value. Alongside the international dredging company Boskalis Westminster, WYG’s expert team of Minerals & Waste Planners prepared a scheme that has received the support of the local planners and other regulators.
The delivery of this project recognises technical expertise from WYG teams in waste planning, ecology, landscape, flood risk, hydrogeology, noise, transport and utilised staff from our Belfast, Cardiff, Leicester, London and Southampton offices.
Adrian Lynham, WYG Associate Director for the Minerals & Waste Planning and Permitting team, said: “Utilising skills across WYG enabled us to produce a high quality planning application supported by a robust EIA. It is particularly notable that, given the sensitivity of the site in ecological terms, Natural England, the Environment Agency and Kent Biodiversity raised no objection to the scheme and that permission was secured under delegated powers with very few planning conditions attached.”
On receiving the planning permission Julian Nash, the RSPB Site Manager for the North Kent Marshes commented: “This is awesome news. A big well done to all involved in achieving this permission as this is a major step forward in the life of Cliffe Pools nature reserve. Here's looking forward to giving nature a home with more birds and other wildlife at Cliffe Pools.”