Mitigation Strategies

Strategies for avoiding and mitigating impacts are a crucial tool for securing development that locks-in ecological gains and delivers environmentally sustainable development. An essential aspect of all our projects is to make recommendations on how to enhance a site or area over the baseline condition in which we found it, and to ensure any expected impacts can be satisfactorily resolved. Our work in this respect is varied, and intrinsically linked to the site/area we’re addressing, informed by the features present or potentially present on site, and its context in the wider landscape. Reliable baseline data from survey work provides the essential basis for making recommendations for improvement.

  • Testimonials

    We commissioned Urban Edge Environmental to carry out an HRA for the Eco-town project, supported by visitor surveys and green infrastructure planning to address possible impacts. Their team is committed to the profession, which was demonstrated in the high quality of work. Able to deal with a range of stakeholders with diverse views and filter out the key issues. Got to grips with the requirements quickly and understood the project’s wider sensitivities and interdependencies. The reporting style was consistent, balanced and well received by stakeholders and the client team.

    Bruce Collinson, Environmental Sustainability Lead, Whitehill Bordon Eco-town
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We provide design advice for mitigation strategies including:

  • Site selection, masterplanning and layouts
  • Built form, construction methods and timing of proposed works
  • Gaining any necessary licence permissions from Natural England
  • Displacement/translocation of protected species and supervision of works
  • Environmental Management Plans
  • Ecological Clerks of Works
  • Ecological enhancements and habitat creation
  • Landscaping and botanical species selection
  • Offsetting measures such as off-site habitat creation, or the design, layout and location of semi-natural recreational areas