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Posted by: James Tristram on 14/12/2011

The Localism Act 2011 has modified what is required in terms of public consultation in support of planning applications. We consider how carefully-planned communication campaigns can enhance public/developer relations, reduce objections and increase the likelihood of permission being granted.

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Categories: News
Tags: Localism | Public Consultation | The Localism Act 2011 | Public Engagement | Development

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 08/12/2011

The Royal Parks Agency have appointed Ecosulis to help conserve and enhance the natural and built environment of Regents Park.

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: boardwalk | Dredging | habitat creation | lake restoration

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Posted by: Michael Williams - AIEEM BSc (Hons) on 07/12/2011

Winter is a great time to undertake and plan for a range of ecological surveys. Careful consideration of ecological surveys can help with efficient project programming and avoid potentially costly delays at planning and construction phases of development

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: badger | bat | bird | vegetation clearance | Winter surveys

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Posted by: James Tristram BSc (Hons) on 30/11/2011

Bat dropping DNA analysis can prove essential for the differentiation of the more cryptic species, having an impact on future mitigation and management and could significantly reduce delays and costs associated with further bat surveys.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: bat licence | bat mitigation | bat surveys | Bats | DNA analysis | Winter surveys

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Posted by: Sara King BSc & Hannah Maben BSc MIEEM on 29/11/2011

In October 2011 Natural England decided to withdraw the first edition of the Reptile Mitigation Guidelines (September 2011), in order to seek further feedback and to provide further clarification. Here we consider the implications of this on reptile surveys and mitigation strategies undertaken since September 2011 and going forward into 2012.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: Natural England | Reptile mitigation guidelines | reptile survey | reptiles

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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: Rod Ellison on 22/11/2011

In the second unscheduled change this year feed in tariff rates for solar PV have been cut. The government argues the subsidises were over generous. The reality of the situation is that one of the few technologies the public seem willing to adopt will no longer be financially attractive, substantial job losses are likely and the changes will reduce investor confidence in emerging subsidy regimes.

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Categories: Ecological Contracting
Tags: Feed in tariff | FIT | Renewables | Solar

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Posted by: Jo Neville CEnv MIEEM BSc on 31/10/2011

Halloween is here and it seems that bats are everywhere, but most of those not made of plastic are likely to be finding places to get safely tucked up for the winter, hibernating in buildings, caves and trees across the country. But whilst you carve your pumpkin and don your witch’s hat, spare a thought for our little sleepy friends. They are often misunderstood, and many an hour of consultant’s time is spent explaining that they are not half as scary or problematic as people think!

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: bat surveys | Bats | Halloween

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Posted by: Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 26/10/2011

Ecosulis is working withIsle of Wight based AquaticEngineering to install a 4500m2 biodiverse green roof and a significant SUDS at the new Cowes Enterprise College.

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Categories: Habitat Creation
Tags: Biodiverse Roof | Green Roofs

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Posted by: Sara King BSc (Hons) on 03/10/2011

Over the summer Ecosulis has undertaken suveys for badger, invasive species, water vole and otter, great crested newt larvae and bats as well as undertaken on-going management and maintenance. The results have been positive, with wildlife thriving alongside the Wichelstowe development.

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Categories: Ecological Consulting
Tags: badger survey | bat surveys | Ecology | Great Crested Newts | Himalayan balsam | monitoring

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