Ensure an independent ecological survey takes place for proposed development at Carn Brea

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A planning application (PA18/05067) has been submitted to Cornwall Council to develop land at the foot of Carn Brea into a BMX track. The ecological survey submitted with the planning application is insufficient. It does not include adequate assessment of the entire footprint of the site, nor does it take into consideration how different species might be present and using the site at different times of year. 

The area of land included in the planning application is a County Wildlife Site and a Conservation Area. 

We as a community request that an independent ecological survey be done, to include the land to the North of the bridleway where the applicant proposes to fell trees for the building of a road, plus the areas proposed for car parks, as well as the fields at the bottom of the hill.

We request specifically that the entire site be surveyed again for badgers, bats and any other protected mammal species, reptiles and amphibians, invertebrates and plant species. We request that the surveys be done at the appropriate time of year for each species also. The previous surveys were undertaken in October and April and were not indicative of the level of biodiversity of flora in particular that the site supports throughout the year. Spring was late this year due to the cold weather in February and March, so the ecologist was not able to see the meadow in its full glory by surveying in April.

Please sign to ensure that the process for this planning application is fair, transparent and includes independent assessment, as the ecologist who submitted the survey for the plans could only work from the information given by the applicant.

We must ensure that our wildlife is protected and that no development can progress until we are absolutely certain that no species will be affected.

We have no objection to a BMX track being built in Cornwall but this land should be protected to encourage the wildlife to continue to thrive.