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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 04/03/2016

The British Standard for Biodiversity BS42020 was published in 2013, however it is only just starting to filter into planning applications and is becoming increasing recognised as a standard to adhere to. This blog summarises the benefit of working to the standards.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: BS42020 | ecological consultancy | Ecological Consultant | ecological consultants | ecological consulting | National Planning Policy Framework | National Planning Policy Guidance | Suitably Qualified Ecologist

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) MCIEEM on 09/02/2015

The National Planning Policy Framework requires all schemes to show an ecological enhancement. This can sometimes cause problems when designing masterplans especially if layouts have been fixed before ecological input is sought. We have provided a summary of easy wins and dos/don’ts when designing your development layout. 

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Biodiversity offsetting | Biodiversity Planning Toolkit | National Planning Policy Framework | National Planning Policy Guidance

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MCIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 30/09/2013

Smarter Guidance is being developed by Defra and aims to reduce environmental policy and guidance from 400 to around 30 documents with around 500 pages of information instead of 6,0000 - an estimated 90% reduction in data volume. While this will depend on the process of collecting and interpreting the data, there is confidence that this process can be streamlined and made more user friendly, with the overall objective of improving biodiversity and environmental protection.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: ecological consultancy | National Planning Policy Framework | National Planning Policy Guidance | NPPF | NPPG | Smarter Guidance

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Posted by: Jason M. Reeves AIEEM on 02/04/2012

On 27 March 2012, the UK Government published its final version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which sets out the Government's planning policies for England and how they should be applied. Jason M. Reeves AIEEM, Policy and Information Officer for the Instituteof Ecology and Environmental Management, reviews.

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Categories: News
Tags: biodiversity | National Planning Policy Framework | Planning | Policy | sustainable development

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Posted by: Rod Ellison on 22/11/2011

Consultation on the NPPF finished on 17 October 2011. There has been a high rate of response, of about 14,000 responses and the debate has certainly polarised opinion! The Planning Inspectorate initially stated that the draft NPPF was a material consideration and “gives a clear indication of the Government’s `direction of travel’ in planning policy”. They withdrew that statement in September, and their guidance now states “It is a consultation document and, therefore, subject to potential amendment. It is capable of being a material consideration, although the weight to be given to it will be a matter for the decision maker in each particular case. The current Planning Policy Statements, Guidance notes and Circulars remain in place until cancelled.”

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Categories: Ecological Contracting
Tags: National Planning Policy Framework | NPPF

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 23/08/2011

The England Biodiversity Strategy includes a commitment to “to halt overall biodiversity loss, support healthy well-functioning ecosystems and establish coherent ecological networks, with more and better places for nature for the benefit of wildlife and people.” The Strategy sets out four key outcomes that will be achieved through a series of priority actions categorised into four areas. A summary of each of these has been provided.

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Categories: Company News
Tags: Biodiversity offsetting | Biodiversity strategy | National Planning Policy Framework

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