The Grange Field project offers an exciting opportunity in "Water Sensitive Urban Design" to create a high quality space for current and future generations.
The aim is to deliver a strong ecology-led landscape to maximise amenity and biodiversity benefits, whilst realising the key objectives of managing flood risk and water quality improvements.
We aim to reconnect people with water by incorporating a mosaic of potential habitat types; from grassland, wildflower meadow, reed and woodland, through to in channel riffles, gravel bars and wetland areas.
The aspirations enforce how people might relate to water in a more meaningful way, via an exemplar showcase of how establishing robust Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) principles at the outset can bring multiple benefits.
Announcement of intention not to prepare an environmental statement
Regulation 5 of the Environmental Impact Assessment (Land Drainage Improvement Works) Regulations 1999 as amended by SI 2005/1399, SI 2006/618 and SI 2017/585
The Grange Field watercourse improvement scheme
Tewkesbury Borough Council hereby gives notice that it proposes to carry out improvement works to the watercourse within the Grange Field public open space, Bishop’s Cleeve between the eastern boundary adjacent Voxwell Lane and the western boundary adjacent The Grange, a distance of circa 260 metres. The proposed improvement works will involve the following: the realignment of the failing watercourse with associated regrading of the banks and planting to assist in the stabilisation.
It has been brought to the attention of Tewkesbury Borough Council that in parts the banks of the watercourse in question are collapsing. In addition, the north west corner of the Grange Field can be come inundated and impassable in heavy rain. By improving the channel to form a natural and meandering watercourse, with a planting regime to include wetland and wild flower meadow features, there is the opportunity to bring significant multiple benefits by way of improvement to flood risk, biodiversity, water quality and amenity. It also has the benefit of reducing the maintenance liabilities, due to far better access and much less onerous maintenance operations.
Tewkesbury Borough Council considers that the improvement works are not likely to have significant effects on the environment and does not intend to prepare an environmental statement in respect of them.
- In the context of the Regulations, the improvement works would not be of a size, scale or character which would have a significant environmental impact.
- The site does not fall within any nationally or locally designated areas of ecological interest or particularly environmentally sensitive or vulnerable locations. Neither is it in an area of historical, cultural or archaeological significance.
- In the context of the Regulations, the improvement works would not have any significant effects on environmental factors and there is no evidence that matters of ecology would be prejudiced.
Works of this nature could potentially have an impact on local wildlife during the construction phase. However, impact will be kept to an absolute minimum by undertaking best environmental working practises and judicious and sensitive works programming. It is envisaged that any excess spoil material will be retained and reused in the wider site location and there should be no waste directed to land fill.
Further information, by way of drawings and plans, is available from the following website: drive.google.com/open?id=1YCXPNlbUK_1g0KYU36G8rMhEuNgGo72d.
Any person wishing to make representations in relation to the likely environmental effects of the proposed improvement works should do so, in writing, to the address specified below, within 30 days of the date of publication (19/07/2018) of this notice.
Jason Westmoreland, Flood Risk Management Engineer, Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT.