Consultancy Argyll Environmental is reviewing the likely environmental conditions addressed by a number of projects featured in the TV series Grand Designs. The firm has initially reviewed a Sheffield-based project which may have faced a number of issues including biodiversity and contaminated land hurdles.
The first project saw twin brothers build homes on a piece of land on the northern outskirts of Sheffield. In line with the area’s industrial background, the site was of historical interest as it was occupied by a mill, while a mill pond is still located next to the site.
As such, Argyll Environmental believed the application would be subject to a number of environmental conditions. The local authority, requested contaminated land be investigated through a staged approach as a result of the potential contamination associated with the former mill.
A tree survey, and ecological survey and management plan were also requested by the planning team to ensure the site’s biodiversity was protected throughout the development. Argyll notes that, due to the proximity of the mill pond, its is possible there was a requirement for a great crested newt survey.
This first review by Argyll may form part of a larger series with more Grand Designs projects potentially reviewed in the future.