Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA)

A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) is designed to provide a rapid assessment of the ecological features present on a site. It can often identify any likely issues at an early stage and thus inform subsequent decision making in a cost efficient manner. It normally comprises a desk study and site walkover, with the results presented in a concise written report.

The PEA report can be written to meet a number of aims, such as;

  • a pre-purchase survey in order to identify any potential issues that could affect development;
  • a stand-alone report to accompany an outline planning application;
  • to inform a scoping request from a local authority;
  • as the first stage of the baseline investigations for an Environmental Impact Assessment;
  • to update existing information on a ‘banked’ site;
  • to assist a Local Planning Authority with the identification of sites during the LDF process; and
  • to provide an ecological baseline for the production of a management plan for a nature reserve.
A barn for example could be subject to a Preliminary Ecololgical Assessment (PEA)

When can you undertake a PEA?

This depends on your project timetable. PEA's can be carried out at any time of year, but in most cases, a survey between April to September often yields the best results.

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