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ECOLOGY SERVICES CAPABILITY STATEMENT

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Introduction

ITPEnergised (ITPE) was formed when Energised Environments Limited acquired Bristol-based IT Power Consulting Limited. ITPE is a trusted advisor providing client-focused, commercially minded, energy and environmental consulting services to clients in onshore & offshore energy, transport & infrastructure, property and corporate sectors.

We deliver feasibility, environmental planning and technical support on environmental assessments for a range of developments. Key areas of specialist advice include the feasibility and consenting phases through to post-submission support and construction environmental management.

By understanding our clients’ expectations, financing and attitude to risk through screening, scoping and environmental impact assessment (EIA) we help to optimise the approach to achieving consent, with deliverable conditions and a buildable project.

We believe that early engagement in a project, coupled with the right advice and support can help to navigate pitfalls, increase the chance of consent, and optimise site design.

Our Capabilities

ITPE’s in-house ecologists have worked on a wide variety of projects and can cover the full range of terrestrial and bird surveys, licence requirements, mitigation and monitoring.

We pride ourselves on providing commercially-focused ecology support, integrated with others on the project team to ensure our advice is sensible, integrated with others on the project, workable, and meets the needs of the regulators, planning authorities, and the client.

Our in-house ecology and ornithology services include:

  • Phase 1 Habitat and national vegetation classification surveys
  • Tree surveys
  • Invasive species surveys
  • Data analysis and interpretation/GIS
  • Protected species surveys (bat, badger, otter, water vole, great crested newt, red squirrel, wildcat, pine marten, reptiles)
  • Bird surveys (breeding bird, wintering walkover, breeding raptor, vantage point, black grouse, owl)
  • Our staff hold Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Natural England (NE) licences for great crested newt, bats, and Schedule 1 birds
  • Licence application and management (including bats, badgers and otter)
  • Aerial tree inspections (NPTC certified)
  • Ecological impact assessment
  • Reporting and advice to support planning applications and design evolution
  • Consultation and liaison with local authorities, SNH and NE
  • Ecology BREEAM assessment and reporting
  • Ecological Clerk of Works, toolbox talks and construction monitoring

Members of the team have completed confined spaces, working at height and marine mammal observer (MMO) training.  All hold current appropriate CSCS cards.

Selected project examples

Monifieth property development

NHS Tayside   

We carried out a bat habitat suitability assessment with the purpose of building upon the extensive data already gathered by previous bat surveys to determine the species and number of bats which may directly utilise the buildings. The survey was requested by the local authority and SNH prior to planning permission being granted. We provided suitable evidence that the buildings were not occupied by bats which was accepted by SNH and planning permission was granted.

Solar PV developments

Elgin Energy and Livos Energy

We have delivered ecology surveys and impact assessment support to Elgin and Livos for several proposed major ground-mounted solar arrays in England and Scotland. Extended Phase 1 habitat surveys were completed for all projects, including habitat suitability indexing (HSI) for great crested newts for a project in Cumbria. A biodiversity management plan (BMP) was also required for the Cumbria projects. Our reports have accompanied over eight planning applications to date, of which two have received consent to date.

Residential development sites

Barratt Homes, Mansell Homes, CALA Homes, Cruden Homes       

Our team has provided ecology surveys and advice for more than 20 proposed residential development sites in the past three years.  Surveys have been undertaken for Phase 1 habitats, badgers, water voles and bats (including aerial tree inspections and dawn/dusk activity surveys).  We have provided advice on protected species survey requirements, habitat regulations assessment (HRA) requirements, ecological constraints, mitigation options, and opportunities for biodiversity enhancement.

Healthcare developments

Laing O’Rourke

Members of the team led on the provision of Phase 1 habitat surveys, protected species surveys and dedicated bat surveys for three healthcare centre redevelopments in the north of England.  At two proposed development sites, roosting bats were identified and licences were therefore required from Natural England (NE) to allow demolition of the existing structures. Our team members oversaw the licensing process, including stipulation of mitigation and monitoring to NE’s satisfaction.  BREEAM Ecology reports were also delivered for all three sites, to help the client to maximise credits under the Ecology and Land Use category.

Multiple turbine wind farm developments

Burcote Wind 

We have worked on Burcote Wind’s portfolio over the last five years, to progress applications for a suite of 13 large scale wind farm developments. We have undertaken all ecology work required as part of wider EIAs, including Phase 1 habitat, protected species and ornithology surveys, and prepared ES chapters.  We have also liaised closely with relevant SNH and local authority biodiversity officers across the country.

Beauly to Denny overhead power line

SSE    

ITPE team members provided pre-construction ecological surveys, developed Species Protection Plans, and acted as Ecological Clerk of Works during the construction of this 220km power line through a range of Scotland’s sensitive habitats.  Work involved close liaison with the client and contractors to ensure suitable working methods were applied as well as meeting legal and planning requirements, without compromising the work programme and budget.