Re-Development of Howe Barracks, Canterbury
The project The re-development of Howe Barracks by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to deliver much needed new housing close to the centre of the city of Canterbury.The residential led development delivers 500 new homes with open space on the 28ha site, and is a major regeneration project in the east of the city. The barracks includes large areas of scrub and grassland which is contiguous with similar habitats in the adjacent Chequers Wood and Old Park SSSI and jointly support species protected by European and UK legislation, including bats, dormice, reptiles, badgers and species of bird with a high conservation status.
Our involvement Our collaborative team at Pure Ecology and Windrush Ecology provided specialist ecological support to Peter Brett Associates (PBA). The DIO’s project timeline was challenging and PBA worked with Canterbury City Council to agree the scheme design ahead of key baseline surveys. Pure Ecology undertook the detailed protected species surveys and prepared a draft of the Nature Conservation chapter and Technical Appendix for the Environmental Statement.