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Landslip on the banks of the River Dane in Cheshire, caused by a burst water pipe.

Ecological surveys and advice in Congleton, Cheshire

In August 2010, United Utilities and their associated agents The Vinden Partnership applied for planning permission for slope stabilisation works adjacent the River Dane in Congleton, Cheshire.

The remediation works involved excavation, profiling and gabion installation at a senstitive riverine site which had suffered significant soil slippage over recent years. In order to carry out these works, tree removal was unavoidable and hence ecological surveys and tree surveys were commissioned. Due to the proximity to the watercourse, the EA were also consulted.

UES services for project included:

• Arboricultural Method Statement
• Bs 5837 Tree survey
• Breeding bird surveys
• Ecological appraisal
• Planning conditions discharge
• Landcaping and planting plan
• Soil storage specification

UES arboricultural and ecological surveys identified various issues on site including TPO trees, Root Protection Areas, Schedule 1 species breeding birds and bats. All issues were highlighted and actioned at an early stage of the construction process and appropriate method statements, landscaping plans and soil storage specifications were designed.

Tree loss was compensated by native broadleaved tree planting, retention of on site deadwood and bat box/bird box installation. Woodland soils were also retained and reused.

Additional works

The application was granted although extensive liaison was needed with the LPA, framework contractor and planning agent in order to satisfy the 9 planning conditions. UES were then instructed to document all necessary information needed to satisfy all relevant planning conditions.

Feedback from client

Chris Shepherd
The Vinden Partnership

''UES were very helpful and provided reports in a timely manner. Toby was always on hand when advice was needed and this proved invaluable given timescales were very tight in the run up to our contract start date. I would not think twice about recommending the services of UES to colleagues and clients alike in the future''.