IMPROVING ECOLOGICAL VALUE VIA BIODIVERSITY NET GAIN

Miles Haslam, of our Environmental department, on the importance of biodiversity net-gain. Following Chancellor Philip Hammond’s pledge to implement legislation requiring developers to deliver biodiversity net-gain through all projects in his 2019 Spring Statement, our ecologists are attending a series of training events this year. These include the CIEEM Spring Conference 2019 on Biodi...

COULD WE REALLY BE ON THE WAY TO REALISING A REFORM OF THE BUSINESS RATES SYSTEM?

Last week saw something we have been hoping for a long time; an inquiry was launched by the Treasury Committee to look into how the Government’s Business rates policies have affected business. Of course, it’s rather long overdue – Rating professionals throughout the industry have been pleading for such a review for years in the hope that such a step would leave to a complete reform of th...

WET AND WILD(LIFE)

Rob Harrison, Principal Ecologist, on an important ecological event… We’re just a couple of weeks away from a pretty important day in the environmental calendar. World Wetlands Day takes place on Saturday February 2nd February, raising awareness for this vital ecosystem. The global awareness day aims to heighten appreciation of wetlands and the ecosystem services they provide, which inc...

ECO-WATCH: WHAT DEVELOPERS NEED TO KNOW AND DO ABOUT WILDLIFE ON-SITE

From bats to badgers and nesting birds to newts; there are a whole host of protected species (26,427, in fact!)* that can delay development plans, should they not be identified and rehomed properly. Turning a blind eye to the presence of Great Crested Newts on a piece of land earmarked for development, for example, can not only see you slapped with a £5,000 fine PER NEWT, but could even see y...

BEWARE THE BIRDS!

Nesting season is just weeks away, and failure to comply can lead to costly and lengthy development delays. Holly Smith, head of our Environmental team, explains...  Whether you see January as that interminable period between Christmas and lighter nights, or a fresh new start, the good news is that Spring is around the corner, and it’s time to turn our attention to our tweeting feathere...