Feasibility Studies / Site Appraisals

Feasibility assessments (sometimes called site appraisals) are helpful in giving developers a clear indication of potential ecological issues on a project.

We strongly recommend you involve an Ecologist as early as possible in the initial stages of the planning process. This will ensure any key ecological issues are spotted and assessed. This in turn will allow any ecology works needed to be incorporated into the development design as early as possible, avoiding potential future delays.

We advise two elements to a feasibility study: an initial Phase 1 Habitat and Scoping survey and a Desk Study. Please note that the initial survey may indicate a requirement for further surveys for specific species or habitats.

The survey supplies data on habitats present and provides an evaluation of the site’s potential to support protected species. The desk study includes an information search giving background data on species on or near the site. This is often advised or requested by local planning authorities.

Our feasibility study can include the following:

  • Desk study
  • Initial consultations
  • Phase 1 habitat and scoping survey
  • Feasibility report
  • Recommendations with regards to the way forward

If you have a query about feasibility studies / site appraisals, then call us on 01228 711841 or email enquiries@openspacegb.com.

Updated April 2017