Meadow containing rare animals and plants could be cut in half by new homes


A Leicestershire meadow which is residence to rare species of animals and plants could be cut in half by a new housing improvement.

David Wilson Homes is seeking to construct 650 homes to the East of Welford Road in Wigston in the second section of its Wigston Meadows improvement.

However, the area people has raised considerations about one side in specific of the plans which have been put to Oadby and Wigston Borough Council in January.

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The improvement would see a new highway cut by the Local Wildlife Site, identified domestically as Barn Pool Meadow. Local Wildlife Sites are designated pure areas that are wealthy in wildlife and present corridors by which animals, birds and bugs can journey.

The highway and surrounding homes could trigger an ‘ecological island’, stopping migration to different areas.

A petition to save lots of the positioning has been launched by Gavin Gamble, a wildlife campaigner, ecology pupil and self-confessed gardening fanatic, and has obtained 958 signatures thus far.

Mr Gamble stated amongst different species, the positioning is recognised as breeding floor for a ‘nationally scarce’ kind of chicken, the tree sparrow, and has the one identified colony of Myrmica schencki, a species of ant, in the county. It additionally incorporates rare calcareous grass.

Mr Gamble has outlined the injury that he believes could be brought about to the habitat if the event have been to be permitted in his on-line weblog, G.J. Gamble.

He stated: “They intend to build a main entry road right through the middle, dividing the site in two.

“I don’t think any amount of mitigation or any management regime will negate the horrendous damage the site will suffer.

“This effectively makes Barn Pool Meadow an ecological island with no real means of safe dispersal or colonisation of wildlife. It is simply devastating.”

Mr Gamble added that the positioning is thought to have badger setts. Badgers are protected species in England and it’s unlawful to destroy a sett with no licence from Natural England.

He stated: “What is the point of a ‘protected species’ designation if in reality it means very little and can be routinely navigated.”

David Wilson Homes stated in its planning software that not less than one of many setts would be destroyed by the work, with a second probably being disturbed.

A spokesperson for the corporate informed LeicestershireReside it’s open to discussing methods of preserving the pure habitats in the meadow.

He stated: “A call is but to be made on our planning software for a second section of homes at Wigston Meadows however, ought to this be profitable, we count on to conduct a Biodiversity Management Plan for the preservation of Barn Pool Meadow.

“This plan will be fastidiously created with an enter from our advisor ecologist to make sure the meadow’s wildlife stays an absolute precedence and we’re open to discussions to contemplate the most effective pursuits of the positioning.

“We at present solely personal the land to the south of the proposed entry highway and will be engaged on the hedgerows imminently with upkeep additionally beginning on the grassland on the optimum time subsequent yr.

“As the UK’s leading national sustainable housebuilder, we are committed to enhancing biodiversity at all of our developments and always try to give nature a home.”

Natural England at present courses the meadow as being in ‘unfavourable condition’, that means it’s extra possible for permission to be granted.

Mr Gamble stated he has beforehand had conversations with Oadby and Wigston council and the builders on how one can greatest preserve the realm, however nothing got here of them.

Oadby and Wigston council has stated it has an obligation to stay impartial in this matter till a call has been made on the appliance.

David Wilson Homes desires to construct a mixture of two- to five-bedroom homes in addition to a centre with retailers, and it can present land for a major college, play areas and a group constructing.

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