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Newhey Habitat Bank, Greater Manchester

Local planning authority (LPA): Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council

National Character Area (NCA): Southern Pennines

Biodiversity Units available:

Very high distinctiveness habitats
  • Lowland meadows
  • Fens (upland and lowland)
High distinctiveness habitats
  • Ponds (priority habitat)
Medium distinctiveness habitats
  • Rural trees
  • Mixed scrub
  • Upland acid grassland
  • Other neutral grassland

Since the spring of 2024, we’ve been creating a Habitat Bank across roughly 25 hectares of grade 4 and 5 farmland less than four miles from Rochdale. Strategically placed to connect habitats across the area, the Newhey Habitat Bank is just beside the Crompton Moor Site of Biological Importance (SBI), a designated site that will benefit from connectivity to our Habitat Bank.

Following a thorough assessment of the site's vegetation, wildlife, geology, hydrology, soil chemistry, management history, and landscape connectivity, we determined the best possible habitats to establish and made sure these enhancements would be deliverable. We established an ecological baseline for the site using Defra’s biodiversity metric, so we can clearly demonstrate biodiversity gains over time. 

This assessment enables us to generate a range of high-integrity Biodiversity Unit habitat types that will ensure robust ecological outcomes. We also offer planning support to make sure our Biodiversity Units provide an effective local BNG delivery solution for developers within the Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Councill LPA area or Southern Pennines NCA. Our Units are ready to purchase now, subject to availability.

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At our Newhey Habitat Bank, which sits within Rochdale’s Local Plan green belt zone, we’re creating a diverse range of new habitats and enhancing the existing spaces – including the notable upland fen habitat.

The Habitat Bank is less than two miles from the South Pennine Moors Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC), and this site was chosen for its ecological potential to connect local habitats such as the blanket bog priority habitat Fragmentation Action Zone to the east.

We anticipate that our new habitats will help several species of wildlife grow in numbers – this includes badgers, otters, great crested newts, barn owls, hobby falcons, peregrines, and curlews.

We’re really pleased that members of the local community will also be able to share in the growing biodiversity, accessing areas of the Habitat Bank via several public footpaths.

Find out the cost and availability of Biodiversity Units from our Newhey Habitat Bank