As a garden town with an eye on the future, minimising the impact on the natural environment and providing a home to wildlife and nature is as important as providing homes for human residents at Otterpool Park. In fact, the development has been designed to deliver a 20% biodiversity net gain across the whole site and almost half of the development will be green space.
The site is currently large areas of grassland and arable land. However, rivers, ponds, hedgerows, orchards and woodland all form part of the site and the most valuable of these will be protected, as well as being buffered by features such as a river corridor and woodlands in appropriate, high-quality habitats.
With 50% of Otterpool Park land being set aside for playing fields, parks, allotments, orchards and habitat, and approximately 4% of the land also being retained for agricultural use, the preservation of significant green space will ensure continued support to habitats and biodiversity.
Our research over the past three years has identified the habitats and habits of species such as bats, owls, kingfishers, voles, badgers and more to ensure that the most valuable habitats will be protected, and others will be created, including wetlands, ponds and areas of tree planting.
The Otterpool Park master plan includes a number of features that promote good air quality such as provision for electric vehicles and public transport.