Barton Hill Quarry is a former sandstone quarry to the north-east of Birchover, Derbyshire. BSG Ecology has provided ecological support to HP Limited Partnership, the developer, for over ten years. Most recently we were commissioned to provide supporting information to help secure planning consent from the Peak District National Park Authority for two applications: a residential development in the quarry void, and to import quarry spoil from the adjacent Birchover Quarry for the final restoration of the northern (upper) section of Barton Hill Quarry.
Baseline ecological surveys and reporting were completed to support the two planning applications. In particular, survey work was completed for reptiles, badger, breeding birds and bats. BSG Ecology worked closely with the client team including the landscape architect, throughout the design phase to identify opportunities for mitigation and enhancement based on the requirements of the Peak District National Park Authority.
During the planning process we had regular liaison with the Peak District National Park Mineral Planning Officer and their Ecologist on ecological matters to agree the scope of survey information required to inform the applications, appropriate mitigation measures and the restoration of the northern part of the quarry. Planning permission for the residential development was granted in 2014 subject to several ecological planning conditions in relation to protected species. Survey work was undertaken in 2014 within the quarry for badger, reptiles and roosting bats and a Method Statement produced to discharge a planning condition.
Planning permission for the restoration was granted in May 2015. BSG Ecology provided a Method Statement setting out mitigation measures in relation to badger and nesting birds for the restoration of the upper part of the quarry. The spoil from Birchover Quarry has been used for the restoration and the area has been sown with a grass/heather mix to compliment the local landscape.
The residential housing construction is underway in the base of the quarry and the restoration of the northern part of the quarry is complete.