Opinion Pieces

Seeing the Wood for the Trees: Greater Clarity on Biodiversity Net Gain?

February 1st, 2022

The latest consultation from the Department for Environment & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) sheds light on potential secondary legislation […]

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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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CSA says: Three observations from the new ‘Living with Beauty’ report

February 3rd, 2020

The Building Better Building Beautiful (BBBB) Commission published their report Living with Beauty last week. The commission is […]

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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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‘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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Birds’ nests and the use of netting

April 8th, 2019

March 2019 saw widespread public concern over the practice of netting trees and hedgerows to prevent the establishment […]

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HRA, People Over Wind and the Presumption in Favour

October 4th, 2018

Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) has been high on the agenda this year, with some important rulings from the […]

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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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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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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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Why is Landscape Value the topic of the day?

September 1st, 2017

Increasingly, Local Authorities are deciding that certain areas of ordinary countryside should be elevated to the status of […]

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Is there a future for Biodiversity Offsetting?

August 29th, 2017

Biodiversity offsetting was trumpeted by the Government with some fanfare a few years ago, but more recently things […]

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