Practical advice to help you take account of the ecological value of your development site, and improve the chance of gaining planning consent.

Ecological Surveys

Preliminary Ecological Appraisal & Phase 1 Surveys

Ecological field surveys often begin with a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal…

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Badger Surveys & Mitigation

Badgers are a nocturnal species, often forming social groups which…

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Bat Surveys & Mitigation

The UK’s 18 species of bat use a wide variety…

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Bird Surveys & Mitigation

The British List of birds recorded occurring in the wild…

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Dormouse Surveys & Mitigation

The hazel (or common) dormouse is a nocturnal species predominantly…

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Great Crested Newt Surveys & Mitigation

The great crested newt (GCN) has a widespread distribution in…

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Otter Surveys & Mitigation

Otters are frequently associated with riparian habitats but in fact…

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Reptile Surveys & Mitigation

There are six native terrestrial species of reptile found in…

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Water Vole Surveys & Mitigation

Currently the water vole has a patchy, fragmented distribution throughout…

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Ecological impact assessment for planning and development.

Impact Assessment

Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

Ecological field surveys often begin with a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal…

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Ecological Impact Assessment

The UK and Europe both recognise the importance of protecting…

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Environmental Impact Assessment

The Environmental Impact Assessment Directive on the effects of projects…

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Habitats Regulations Assessments

The requirement for Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) stems from Articles…

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Mitigation Strategies

Strategies for avoiding and mitigating impacts are a crucial tool…

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Ecological Design for CSH/BREEAM

With BREEAM assessments becoming ever more important in securing planning…

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Geographic Information Systems

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is used to capture, manage,…

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Biodiversity Checklists

Biodiversity Checklists are often used in support of Design and…

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Quality Assurance

Competent authorities preparing a Strategic Environmental Assessment or Habitats Regulations…

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Environmental planning services for policy makers, regulators, infrastructure operators, local government & neighbourhood plans.

Environmental Planning

Strategic Environmental Assessment

Urban Edge Environmental Consulting is a specialist in Strategic Environmental…

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Habitats Regulations Assessment

The requirement for Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) stems from Articles…

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Sustainability Appraisal

Urban Edge Environmental Consulting is a specialist in Strategic Environmental…

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Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood Planning empowers local communities to influence the direction of…

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Site Allocations & Options Appraisal

Local spatial planning can utilise a range of development plan…

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Green Infrastructure Planning

Green infrastructure is a cornerstone of spatial planning that is…

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Expert Witness & Examination Support

The SEA process is iterative and should be applied to…

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Quality Assurance

Competent authorities who have prepared the majority of the Sustainability…

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Ecosystems Services

Ecosystems Services provide food, energy, materials, flood defences, carbon sequestration,…

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