Keystone Ecology were initially asked by Taylor Wimpey to carry out due diligence surveys of this 72ha of the former Chinnor Cement Works in Oxfordshire. We then worked with Taylor Wimpey and their design team to produce a budget for re-development and restoration of the site that was ultimately accepted as the preferred bid.
Having purchased the site Taylor Wimpey retained Keystone Ecology to work on the planning application for residential development and discharge of existing IDO conditions (those outstanding from the mineral extraction consent), which involved extensive liaison with South Oxfordshire District Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Natural England and many other Regulators.
The quarry site has a rich diversity of both species and habitats including several protected and ecologically important species such as Great Crested Newts, Red Kites, Badgers, Bats, Reptiles, Wintering Birds and Barn Owl. Baseline surveys for these species were carried out to inform an Ecological Impact Assessment for an Environmental Statement, EPS licence applications for bats and Great Crested Newts and the design of a quarry restoration strategy.
Once planning consent was granted Keystone Habitats worked with Keystone Ecology and Taylor Wimpey’s Principal Contractor to deliver the site wide mitigation and quarry restoration strategy. Refer to Keystone Habitats Case Studies for further details.