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New Stanton Park, Ilkeston

Climate

Under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017, an environmental impact assessment (EIA) must identify, describe and assess in an appropriate manner, the  direct and indirect significant effects of the proposed development. An Environmental Impact Assessment is being prepared by Verdant’s consultant team to support the planning application. This will include an assessment of the impact of the proposed development on climate change and climate resilience.

There are three aspects to a Climate assessment in the context of EIA, all of which are included in the climate assessment for New Stanton Park:

  • Climate Change Resilience (CCR) assessment – Determination of the  resilience of the proposed scheme to climate and climate change impacts, now and in the future.
  • In-Combination Climate Change Impact (ICCI) assessment – Determination of the additive impact that climate and climate change  may have on impacts identified by other environmental topics as a result of the proposed scheme, now and in future years; and
  • Greenhouse Gases (GHG) assessment – Determination of the contribution of the proposed scheme to GHG emissions, considering demolition, construction, operation, and end-of-life phases.

Our methodology aligns with best practice including IEMA’s Environmental Impact Assessment Guide to:  Climate Change Resilience & Adaptation (2020) and Guide to: Assessing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Evaluating their Significance (2017). In addition, our methodology addresses the measures included within the Climate Change Supplementary Planning Document, adopted in July 2021 by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Ecology

The New Stanton Park site supports a range of semi-natural habitats which, in turn, provide suitable conditions for protected species.  Consequently, the design has been informed by a suite of ecological surveys and assessments.  Surveys for the following ecological features have been completed:

  • Phase 1 habitats
  • Breeding birds
  • Bat roosts and activity
  • Otter
  • Water vole
  • Badger
  • Reptile
  • Great crested newt
  • Invertebrates

Survey data has not only informed the design process, but will also be used to prepare a robust Ecological Impact Assessment.

In addition to the retention of extensive semi-natural woodland and waterbodies, further mitigation measures have been designed to ensure the site continues to be of value to habitats and species.  Mitigation measures include the creation of a bespoke ‘bat house’ and new nesting opportunities for sand martins.

We will also include new ponds for drainage and habitats for wildlife and which aims to reduce impacts on biodiversity.

Air Quality

  • The application site is not within an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and the closest AQMA is located approximately 350 m to the east of the site and to the east of the M1 at Sandiacre.
  • Sandiacre AQMA has been declared due to exceedances of the annual mean nitrogen dioxide (NO2) objective. However, following  completion of the M1 widening scheme to ease congestion, an air quality study revealed that there were no exceedances of the annual mean objectives for nitrogen dioxide throughout the Borough including within the existing AQMAs.
  • The closest local air quality monitoring location to the application site is located approximately 1.5 km north at Nottingham Road, where measured NO2 concentrations at this roadside site in 2019 were well below the annual mean objective of 40 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre).
  • Air quality across the site would be expected to meet all relevant national air quality objectives.
  • The Air Quality Assessment will consider the implications of emissions from the Proposed Development on local air quality. Consideration will be given to sources of air pollution arising from the Proposed Development during the demolition and construction stage, and during operational stage.

Contact Us

If you have any queries, please contact Robert Laird of SP Broadway on 07722 014 914 or at robert@spbroadway.com.