A DEVELOPER has revealed its "eco-friendly" vision including bat boxes and “hedgehog highways” to protect wildlife at a 500-home development. 

Barratt and David Wilson Homes is building 500 homes at its High Elms Park development off Lower Road, in Hullbridge and has committed to doing all it can to make the development “nature friendly”. 

As work takes place, the developer has revealed a host of measures being put in place to protect the wildlife, including 30 bat boxes and 52 “swift bricks” which allow birds to nest in them. 

The development also features a network of ‘hedgehog highways’, spanning more than 1,400 metres around the site, to support the hibernation and reproduction of animals.
Echo: More than 30 bat boxes have been installed at the housing developmentMore than 30 bat boxes have been installed at the housing development (Image: Barratt and David Wilson Homes)


To conserve existing plant life, 420 trees are being planted during construction.

Tom Wright, managing director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes Eastern Counties, said: “We are incredibly proud of the thoughtful measures we are implementing at our High Elms Park development, to ensure that it is a welcoming home for both residents and wildlife alike.

“Extensive planning and care are integrated across all of our developments to create sustainable and environmentally diverse living spaces for everyone.”

The seven-acres of open green space surrounding the High Elms Park homes is set to be particularly beneficial, safeguarding existing plants and trees.

The initiative concludes with the planting of six wildflower meadows, intended to back native pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and moths.

Plans were approved for the development in 2020 and consists of a range of two to five-bedroom homes suited to a broad spectrum of potential residents.

For further information on available properties, interested parties are advised to visit Barratt Homes or David Wilson Homes at High Elms Park.

Visit barratthomes.co.uk/new-homes/south-east/essex or David Wilson Homes’ website at dwh.co.uk/new-homes/south-east/essex.