General News

450 homes Approved at Appeal in Margate

March 1st, 2022

CSA Environmental Expert Witnesses in Ecology (Clare Caudwell) and Heritage (Rosey Meara), appeared on behalf of Gladman Developments […]

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Revised SANG guidelines

October 4th, 2021

Our clients in the southern home counties may have noted that August saw the first revision to Natural […]

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CSA help secure planning consent, at appeal, for 150 homes adjacent to an AONB.

September 30th, 2021

Landscape Expert Witness, Silke Gruner, appeared on behalf of Manor Oak Homes at the Public Inquiry in relation […]

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A 50m buffer for Ancient Woodland?

September 23rd, 2021

To little fan-fair, amendments to the ‘flagship’ Environment Bill were passed last week in the House of Lords. […]

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Biodiversity Metric 3.0 – Now Launched

July 7th, 2021

Good to hear from Tony Juniper at Natural England and others today on the launch of the Biodiversity […]

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The journey towards mandatory biodiversity net gain

June 23rd, 2021

Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is widely described as ‘development which leaves biodiversity in a better state than before’. […]

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High Court challenge dismissed and Planning Permission granted for New Winery and Visitor Centre in the Kent Downs AONB

June 2nd, 2021

CSA are pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted for a new winery near Chilham in […]

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Appeal success for housing within a Special Landscape Area

May 10th, 2021

We are pleased to announce that the Inspectorate has just granted planning permission for 20 dwellings, within a […]

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Keeping an eye on Pease Pottage

May 4th, 2021

Our landscape architecture team recently undertook a planting audit at our site in Pease Pottage for Thakeham Homes. […]

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Eden Grove welcomes prospective buyers

May 4th, 2021

The sales area garden at the prestigious Eden Grove development in Staines, West London for Berkeley Homes, was […]

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Building with Nature

March 30th, 2021

A new benchmark for building beautiful places The benefits of carefully designed open spaces and green infrastructure, catering […]

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A Masterplanner’s Approach to Biodiversity Net Gain

February 26th, 2021

As a multi-disciplinary practice, with extensive experience of taking developments from inception through to implementation, it has always […]

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Our new Winchester Office is open!

February 24th, 2021

We are delighted to announce the opening of our new office in Winchester! It’s just a ‘toe-hold’ at […]

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Wildlife Licencing Charges – Update

February 1st, 2021

Natural England continue to roll out a programme of introduced charges for protected species mitigation licences. Charges for […]

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Virtual Public Consultation

May 21st, 2020

CSA’s urban design team have been involved in their first virtual public consultation event this week. As part […]

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Covid-19: How it’s affecting our work at CSA

April 8th, 2020

As ever, the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, clients and those in the public sector is […]

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160 New Homes for Angmering and Arun District Council

April 1st, 2020

Outline planning consent has been granted by Arun District Council for a site at Angmering in West Sussex, […]

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Two uncontested appeals in two weeks

November 21st, 2019

Unfortunately, all too often local politicians go against the professional advice of their planning officers and it takes […]

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The Latest on Biodiversity Net Gain

November 20th, 2019

The turn of the month saw the Government’s landmark Environment Bill pass its second reading by MPs unopposed, […]

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University of Birmingham Green Heart

October 24th, 2019

Birmingham Green Heart project has been completed this year! CSA has been guiding the delivery of biodiversity features […]

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People and the environment; the state of Urban Design approaching the end of the decade

October 2nd, 2019

Every year the Urban Design Group (UDG), of which CSA is a member, hosts a national conference. This […]

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First homes completed at Red Lodge, Suffolk

August 14th, 2019

For a number of years, CSA have been working on a site at Red Lodge in Suffolk, originally […]

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The realisation of biodiversity net gain within planning policy and legislation

August 12th, 2019

This summer has seen several key changes in the way ecology is considered alongside development, particularly in relation […]

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A real buzz around Cambridge Science Park

August 12th, 2019

With construction work continuing at pace on the scheme at Cambridge Science Park, the grounds around the first […]

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Outline Planning Permission Granted – Land at Lewis Lane, Arlesey

July 19th, 2019

We were delighted to hear that Taylor Wimpey Strategic Land have been successful in securing a resolution to […]

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Outline Planning Application Submitted – Hereford

June 12th, 2019

CSA’s Urban Design and Landscape Planning teams have been working on the project at Canon Pyon Road in […]

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‘People over Wind’ aftershocks rumble on

May 20th, 2019

With over a year having passed since the CJEU’s widely publicised ruling, we are continuing to see its […]

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CSA’s 21st Birthday Party

May 16th, 2019

CSA recently hosted their 21st birthday party, which was held in the stunning location of the top floor […]

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Celebrating 21 years of CSA

April 18th, 2019

There’s an air of excitement building at CSA as we approach our big party on 29 April when […]

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Supporting Local Worcestershire Charities

April 12th, 2019

CSA were delighted to support a number of local charities in Worcestershire by sponsoring the recent Mayor’s Ball. […]

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Scope of NE charges for protected species licencing extended

April 9th, 2019

STOP PRESS: Charges Extended … Following Natural England’s introduction of charges for dormouse and bat mitigation licences in April, […]

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2019 Spring Budget Statement – Mandating Biodiversity Net Gains

March 26th, 2019

The idea of biodiversity net gains has long been in the minds of developers and environmental professionals alike […]

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Show homes open for business at New Garden Suburb in Maldon, Essex

March 20th, 2019

CSA are delighted to see that the first homes have been constructed as part of the South Maldon […]

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Scheme for Spitfire Homes in Pirton approved at committee

March 18th, 2019

CSA has been working closely with Spitfire Homes to develop proposals for a sensitive site in the village […]

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Residents enjoying early phases at Whitehill and Bordon Healthy New Town

March 15th, 2019

Selected by the NHS as one of 10 demonstrator sites in England for the ‘Healthy New Town’ initiative, […]

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Presumption in Favour retained for developments triggering HRA

February 20th, 2019

Yesterday 19th February saw the publication of the 2019 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which included the widely […]

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Praise to make us proud!

January 31st, 2019

We do receive compliments on our work at times, but rarely have we seen such a ringing endorsement as […]

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New draft Habitats Regulations for the day of Brexit

January 28th, 2019

Two key aspects of ecological safeguarding in UK planning and development, the protection of European Protected Species (EPS) […]

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North Yorkshire Homes Gain Planning Consent

January 10th, 2019

Members of Harrogate Planning Committee resolved to approve outline planning permission for up to 175 dwelling at Knaresborough […]

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Appropriate Assessment and the Presumption in Favour – Clarification from MHCLG

October 26th, 2018

Today saw the release of a new technical consultation on updates to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) […]

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Success for Bedfordshire Homes

October 18th, 2018

An Inspector has resolved to grant outline planning consent for 8 dwellings in the Bedfordshire village of Clophill. […]

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145 home scheme gains consent

October 15th, 2018

Following an Appeal Inquiry, an Inspector has resolved to grant outline planning consent for 145 new dwellings in […]

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Ride For Thrive

August 20th, 2018

Last month a team of CSA riders (Left-Right: Joanne, Mark, Becca and Silke) took on the challenge of […]

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Ebbsfleet Garden City: Providing Landscape Advice

July 3rd, 2018

CSA have been providing continued professional landscape advice on behalf of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation on over 50 planning […]

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CSA announced as a Finalist – CIEEM Consultancy of the Year Award!

May 11th, 2018

Each year, the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) presents a series of awards to celebrate […]

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Residents enjoying new courtyard at Emerald Gardens

May 11th, 2018

Work is complete on the new communal courtyard which forms the centre piece of the ‘Emerald Gardens’ development […]

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Norfolk homes gain consent

May 9th, 2018

Breckland District Council have resolved to grant outline planning permission for Taylor Wimpey’s new development for up to […]

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Green light for Bedfordshire homes

May 4th, 2018

Central Bedfordshire Council have resolved to grant outline planning consent for 25 new homes in the village of […]

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Sevenoaks’ apartments gain approval

May 1st, 2018

Sevenoaks District Council’s Planning Committee has resolved to grant planning permission for the erection of a 7 unit […]

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Oxfordshire scheme gains planning consent

April 24th, 2018

South Oxfordshire District Council have granted planning permission for six new dwellings at Cane End, near Reading, within […]

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Success for Farnham housing scheme

April 17th, 2018

Following an extensive planning process, the planning committee at Waverley Borough Council have just voted in-favour of a […]

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New 2018 BREEAM Guidance – New Manual, New Challenges!

April 5th, 2018

The BREEAM approach has remained unchanged since 1998, but at long last this has been reviewed in line […]

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District Licensing for Great Crested Newt in the South Midlands

April 5th, 2018

Since the governments’ Housing White Paper ‘Fixing our Broken Housing Market,’ published in February 2017, the roll-out of […]

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Draft Revised NPPF – Ecological Aspects

March 12th, 2018

Chapter 15 of the Draft Revised NPPF published at the start of March 2018, introduces some changes for […]

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Permission granted for extension to Chobham development

February 14th, 2018

This week, committee members at Surrey Heath Borough Council voted in favour of a resolution to grant planning […]

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Works complete on Jubilee Chase development

February 12th, 2018

Work is now complete on a small development of exclusive homes on the edge of Royston developed by […]

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Flood Alleviation Scheme, West Berkshire

February 9th, 2018

CSA Environmental has been part of a multidisciplinary team looking at a Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) in the village of […]

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How good masterplanning can help you keep your New Year’s resolution

February 2nd, 2018

Article by Rob Rasberry, Associate Urban Designer The league tables for the most common New Year’s resolutions are usually […]

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Fountain makes a splash as centre piece to courtyard in Kew

January 16th, 2018

Work is progressing at pace on the completion of a new communal courtyard in the centre of our […]

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New Standing Advice on Ancient Woodland – Updated Again

January 4th, 2018

Ancient Woodland Standing Advice Updated on 4 January 2018 Following the updated Standing Advice published in November 2017, […]

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New Landmark Park in Canterbury Approved

September 15th, 2017

Landscape Designers and Ecologists at CSA have combined to formulate proposals for Legacy Park which will form the […]

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Newt population doubles following mitigation success

June 20th, 2017

Our ecologists have completed monitoring work at Butlers Green, Haywards Heath – a site developed by Taylor Wimpey for […]

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Housing White Paper – Implications for Protected Species

February 8th, 2017

The Government has just published their housing white paper  ‘Fixing our broken housing market’, which sets out their plans […]

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Natural England announce new licensing policies

December 20th, 2016

Natural England are changing the way that they issue licences for species such as water voles, great crested […]

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Planning submitted for first phase of sustainable new green town in East Hampshire

September 8th, 2016

The landscape team at CSA have been working for Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd, in partnership with the Dorchester […]

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CIEEM publishes it’s view on Brexit

September 6th, 2016

Britain’s exit from the EU has been a hot topic in ecological circles, with many ecologists concerned about […]

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Construction commences on new phase of Cambridge Science Park

September 2nd, 2016

CSA have been working with SDC Contractors Ltd on the delivery of a new office development at the […]

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Work starts on Registered Park and Garden

September 1st, 2016

Construction of a new permanent wedding venue at the Grade II listed Greenwoods Hotel in Essex has just […]

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Bat Low Impact Class Licence keeps work on track in Gosport

September 1st, 2016

Energy saving building insulation works were put on hold when the potential for bats to be affected was […]

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Urban design team vacancies

August 25th, 2016

Due to an expanding workload we are looking to expand our urban design team. We are working on […]

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Go-ahead for 145 new homes in Essex

June 16th, 2016

Planning permission has been granted, on appeal, for 145 new homes at Alresford in Essex. Despite the Council’s […]

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CSA celebrate first anniversary of opening of Sussex office

May 13th, 2016

We have recently celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of our Brighton office. The office is led […]

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Taylor Wimpey granted permission, on appeal, for 163 homes in Framlingham, Suffolk

May 11th, 2016

Despite Suffolk Coastal District Council’s concerns regarding the design and landscape impact of the scheme, Inspector John Braithwaite […]

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535 new homes approved in Warwickshire

May 6th, 2016

An exciting new development of 535 dwelling at Southam in Warwickshire has received a resolution to grant outline […]

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600 unit scheme at North West Horley receives unanimous approval

April 14th, 2016

Following several months of detailed negotiations with the local planning authority, planning permission has been granted for a […]

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New Great Crested Newt Pilot Scheme in Woking

January 15th, 2016

Natural England and Woking Borough Council are working together to deliver a new approach to great crested newt […]

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Westhill, Kettering – open for business

October 14th, 2015

With the completion of the landscaped site frontage, sales area and show complex at the Westhill site in […]

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