Concerns for wildlife at new homes site

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There is concern over the safety of wildlife in Sudbury as a new homes development site continues to be built.

When permission was given by Babergh District Council for Bellway Homes to build 100 homes on Harp Close Meadow, popularly known as People’s Park, conditions were put in to ensure wildlife that had been present on the site for generations was disturbed as little as possible.

There was outrage when hedgerows along the site’s Waldingfield Road border were removed, with concerns for nesting birds.

Now Sudbury trees officer Jill Fisher has again raised concerns about a possible lack of work by developers to encourage nature to remain or return to the site.

Although a wildlife hedge has been put in on Alder Way, she is not sure whether this will be put back on Waldingfield Road which currently has an earth mound bordering it.

“I’d like to see a natural hedge all along the site,” she said. “I have also been watching out for the bird boxes but I can’t see any of them.”

As well as bird boxes, bat boxes need to be put in to meet Babergh conditions.

Mrs Fisher said she was told Babergh would be sending an enforcement officer to the site to ensure conditions are being followed correctly.

Regardless, Mrs Fisher said consideration of the wildlife needed to have happened before work began.

“The bird boxes needed to go up straight away,” she said. “If not the birds are not going to come back.”

Mrs Fisher was pleased to see the meadowlands had been left as they were, another important feature for the local wildlife.

A council spokesperson said: “We will be talking with the developer about their plans to fulfil their obligations and will work with them to ensure the development is carried out in accordance with the recommendations of the ecological assessment.”