Ecology Mitigation Can No Longer Screen Out An Appropriate Assessment

Competent authorities (usually Local Planning Authorities) are required to undertake a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) where proposed plans or projects may have a likely significant effect on a European site (Natura 2000 site). European sites

Great Feedback from Consultees

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Barbastelle Bats Recorded in London

The rare barbastelle bat has been discovered in London for the first time in over 50 years. The bat was recorded in Hainault Forest Country Park, in Redbridge. Barbastelles roost in the crevices of mature

Two New Marine Special Protection Areas for Birds

Two new Special Protection Areas (SPAs) have been designated around Britain’s coast. This includes a 24 mile stretch of coast from Falmouth Bay to St Austell Bay in Cornwall which is the UK’s most important

Ashgrove Ecology Wins Key Role in Major Regeneration Project

Ashgrove Ecology has won a key role on a major urban regeneration scheme in Poole. Ashgrove Ecology will lead the ecology surveys and assessments for a proposal for a large residential-led mixed used scheme. This

UK Ecology and Brexit

The EU has created two key pieces of legislation to protect ecology and biodiversity: The 1979 EU Birds Directive and The 1992 EU Habitats Directive. A recent ‘fitness check’ of the effectiveness of the Directives

How Will Changes to EIA Regulations Affect Developers?

The revised Environmental Impact Assessment Directive will come into force on 16th May 2017. The key changes for planners and developers are as follows: • The revisions increase the emphasis on environmental mitigation and monitoring.

Changes to Licensing for European Protected Species

Four new policies may now be used when submitting European Protected Species (EPS) mitigation license applications to Natural England. The polices aim to reduce delays and costs to developers, whilst improving the outcomes for wildlife.

Is There a Housing Shortage?

The recent White Paper on housing sets out Government's approach to resolving the current housing crisis. Amongst the measures proposed are amendments to the National Planning Policy Framework in favour of more housing developments; Local

Strategic Development Licences for Great Crested Newts

Great crested newts are strictly protected by legislation, and at present developers must apply for licences on a site by site basis to undertake operations that could breach this legislation. Such licences are issued by