Proposed Gulliver's development at Pithouse West

Thursday 1st December 2016

Bittern-one of the species potentially affected by the Pithouse West developmentBittern, Derek Moore

We do not object to this application, although we have made a number of comments.

We have been largely impressed by the attitude of Gulliver’s and their consultant ecologists in showing a willingness to work with the landscape, to preserve the best areas of the site for wildlife and to manage the areas that will not be subject to intense development. Access will also be maintained for public rights of way for people who currently enjoy the site as a green space. Gulliver’s are also keen to include environmental education as part of the proposals.

However it should still be recognised that this is a major development in a green space within the green belt that currently provides habitat for a range of biodiversity, especially birds. Local birders have recorded over 100 species of bird using the site, making it one of the best sites for birds in Rotherham.

Our detailed comments in our full response are mainly focused on recognising this importance, the potential impacts on the birds and ensuring that appropriate level of mitigation, compensation, monitoring and long-term management are put in place.

You can see our response in full on our Planning and Policy Page