It is now recognised that ecology must be taken into consideration in the development process. The National Planning Policy Framework (2012) states that development should result in a net gain for biodiversity, leaving sites richer in wildlife once development is completed.
We want development to happen in a way that adds value for wildlife, people and the bottom line.
There are British Standard Guidelines (BS42020:2013 Biodiversity Code of practice for planning and development) which guide the biodiversity information needs for planning and development. Adherence to the guidelines is increasingly being demanded by planning authorities.
We provide advice to developers, architects and planners from site selection through to wildlife surveys and mitigation measures. Unrivalled local links enable us to liaise with local authority planners, Natural England and the Environment Agency to ensure that recommendations are practicable and achievable.