June 27th, 2012
Leading housebuilder David Wilson Homes East Midlands has marked the presence of some special neighbours at the company’s Parker’s Place development in Mountsorrel by installing unique house plaques especially produced by local craftsmen.
David Wilson Homes is keen to ensure that development at Parker’s Place is sympathetic to its surroundings and has given careful consideration to the adjacent pond, home toad population of common toads (or their proper name is ‘Bufo Bufo’).
David Wilson Homes’ planning and technical team worked in conjunction with Charnwood Borough Council and Ecological Consultants, to implement innovative engineering and design measures allowing both development at Parker’s Place and habitat protection to go hand in hand.
A specially designed drainage system which prevents the toads from getting trapped in gullies has been installed as part of the development. Small gaps have been added in fences which allow the toads to pass through the residents’ gardens easily.
John Deakin, Planning Manager at David Wilson East Midlands comments: “It’s our core philosophy to take into consideration the habitats that may be disturbed when developing a new residential scheme. We go to great lengths to ensure we have suitable measures in place to protect wildlife both during and after the construction phase”
We sent photographer Toby Savage down, along with the Planning Manager at David Wilson Homes, John Deakin and Assistant Ecologist Andrew Burrows, to catch a glimpse at the residents, but alas, naturally, the toads were shy and wouldn’t play ball. As the old adage goes “Never work with children or animals”, I suppose…