Lynton to Barnstaple Railway EIA.
When Lynton & Barnstable Railway Trust wanted to reinstate 4.4 miles of active track, we were appointed by its representatives, Geo & Co, to provide ecological, landscape design, planning and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) services to support the planning proposals.
The railway lies within the western part of Exmoor National Park, North Devon. It passes through woodlands, hedgerows, and pasture within a landscape of rolling hills and sloping river valleys.
Several baseline surveys predated our appointment, so our first task was to consolidate existing data, identify additional survey requirements and take the project forward for EIA. This involved numerous surveys for protected species, including dormouse, which were recorded within the site.
Key issues associated with the proposed scheme related to ecological, landscape and visual sensitivities. By liaising between the Railway Trust and Exmoor National Park Authority and making recommendations for more sensitive scheme design, we helped minimise the potential for adverse impacts.
The result of our involvement is that the Railway Trust could present a robust planning application which demonstrated a sensitive, well-designed scheme and provides a significant benefit to the local community and environment.