The new year has arrived, and you might be starting to think about potential new projects. Many planning applications require ecological input prior to approval, this is becoming more relevant with the requirement for Biodiversity Net Gain in some council areas. Arranging for an initial ecology survey at the start of a project will help inform the timeline for submission of your planning application.
- The long-awaited Environment Bill has been delayed for the third time due to the current pandemic. While this will delay the national requirement for biodiversity net gain, many local councils are already preparing policies and/or seeking a net gain from developments. Our ecologists are experienced at using the required metrics and have been re-training to use the new UK habitat classification system that forms part of the metric.
- Although the UK has left the European Union, all wildlife laws and protections are still in place and remain largely unchanged.
- During the current pandemic, our ecologists are conducting survey work in line with government advice and are still able to complete the initial survey work. Many ecology surveys are highly seasonal so knowing if these are required early in the process will help with a smoother planning application. This time of year is a great time to get initial survey work completed.
Get in touch with one of our ecology team to learn more.
Pro Vision can assist on any ecological issues relating to your project. Don’t leave it too late. Contact our head of ecology Louisa Jones (Louisaj@pro-vision.co.uk) T: 07502 300503