When the construction of a road to join Heysham in Lancashire with the M6 became a regional priority for the County Council, two suitable routes were identified. One of these ran partly alongside the Morecambe Bay Special Protection Area (SPA), a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Ramsar site for the conservation of wetlands.

Challenge

ADAS was commissioned to carry out in-depth ecological surveys for each route, looking at the potential impacts on the ecology and biodiversity of the area in both cases and seeking to identify, where possible, suitable mitigation measures. It soon became clear that the generally preferred route posed serious environmental issues which would need to be overcome.

Method

Using its in-house ecological expertise, ADAS ran a wide range of ecology surveys across the whole spectrum, from lower plants to ancient trees, moths to marine invertebrates, and reptiles to bats. This data was used to compile an environmental management plan providing a framework for the implementation of mitigation measures deemed essential for minimising the ecological impact of the development, and identifying possibilities for environmental enhancement.

Results

The findings were instrumental in determining the Council’s favoured route. ADAS subsequently continued to work wit Lancashire County Council to progress the development scheme through a public inquiry. Long term benefits for the area once the road is built included growth, reduced traffic congestion and minimal environmental impact.

Contact us

Contact us at enquiries@adas.co.uk for more information.
Tel: 03330142950