A planning application for the redevelopment of former sludge beds in Beddington has been submitted to Sutton council on behalf of real estate investment firm Prologis UK. The application will see over 20,000m² of commercial floorspace with 3.2ha of land set aside to be transformed into a new ecology reserve.
The reserve will be located 140m south of the main 4.2ha site. The proposals would see the creation of a range of habitats including grassland, reed beds, scrubland and the creation of several water bodies and wetland areas. A section of the reserve will also be seeded with a native wildflowers providing a natural grassland. These habitats will provide a range of opportunities in particular for invertebrates and birds – especially those associated with wetland habitats such as warblers – and bats.
According to the environment statement submitted as part of the application: "The development proposals provide an opportunity to not only reverse the loss, but to achieve long-term net gains, which are of benefit for both habitats and species."