December 6, 2017 Angela Leeman

Water basin provides flood relief and home for wildlife at Brough South

Water Basin at Brough South creates home for wildlife

A water basin created to provide flood relief and a home for wildlife has been completed at Brough South.

The basin was designed by BWB in consultation with Natural England and East Riding Council, and built by South Yorkshire-based contractor VHE Construction.

It provides a range of ecological enhancements at the former airfield to the south of the development site, and will increase biodiversity by creating a habitat for voles, waders, ground nesting birds and other wildlife.

The basin is also situated on an important migratory route.

A series of information boards are due to be erected shortly, enabling people to learn about the importance of the habitat and the different species the water basin will attract.

Materials extracted from the basin have been used to raise land on which the first phase of residential development will take place.

Further land raising activity will is due next year, before Barratt Homes Yorkshire East start construction on 200 new houses in the summer.

Brough South is being brought forward by leading East Yorkshire property developer, the Horncastle Group PLC, on behalf of the Brough South Consortium, which is made up of the Horncastle Group, local landowners and developers Alma Jordan (Builders) Ltd, Riplingham Estates Ltd and BAE Systems Ltd.

Ian Hodges, managing director of the Horncastle Group PLC, said: “The water basin is the first of a number of ecological enhancements that will be delivered by the project and has created a home for wildlife and improve biodiversity of the area. The Humber, adjacent, is an SSSI and the basin will serve the migratory birds that use the estuary.”

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