Case Studies

Planning for Biodiversity: Advice Note for development in the South Downs National Park

Client: South Downs National Park Authority

In 2012 we worked on behalf of the South Downs National Park Authority, and in association with Alison Farmer Associates landscape practice, to prepare a householder Advice Note on considering the possible ecological, landscape and cultural heritage impacts of proposed developments, alterations or extensions.

The project required a consideration of the special ecological characteristics of the South Downs, its protected habitats and species, and the wide variety of separate planning policies for nature conservation that exist within the National Park’s constituent Local Planning Authorities…

  • Our Clients

    We commissioned UEEC to do the Habitat Regulations Assessment for Southampton’s City Centre Action Plan, which promotes major development relatively close to a number of international ecology designations. We’re very happy with the quality of work UEEC produced, which was also on time and on budget.

    Graham Tuck, Planning Policy Group Leader, Southampton City Council
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Starting from an initially broad brief, the potential effects of development were considered in relation to:

  • Renewable energy schemes
  • Residential extensions and replacements
  • Equestrian and polo related developments
  • Large buildings in the countryside
  • Development associated with recreational activities
  • Outdoor advertisements
  • Lighting and flood lighting
  • Heritage assets and historic landscapes

If you’re planning a residential development, or thinking of extending or altering your own home, and want to know the site’s ecological value and implications for development, please contact us now.