When Barratt Homes was granted planning permission for housing development on a greenfield site on the fringes of Spennymoor, it was a condition of the planning approval that a Biopark was created to compensate for habitat losses resulting from the scheme.
Barratt commenced work in 2008 to transform an area of intensive arable land into a wildlife haven, as part of a wider scheme of wildlife protection and enhancement at Burton Woods. Flower-rich meadow grassland was moved from the housing site to the Biopark and subsequently ponds have been created, trees and hedgerows planted. Most recently green hay techniques have been used to create species-rich meadow grassland.
Penn Associates has advised Barratt Homes on the biodiversity aspects of the scheme from early masterplanning through design, implementation and current monitoring.