Town planning is at the heart of what we do.
Our legally qualified staff know and understand the planning system inside and out. This expertise is particularly pertinent for waste management projects where there can be an overlap in the responsibilities of the Environment Agency and the planning authority.
We are skilled negotiators and work hard throughout the determination period in agreeing appropriate conditions to ensure that the planning consents meet our clients’ needs.
We believe that our 100% success rate in achieving planning consent is unparalleled, particularly given the often contentious nature of the projects with which we are involved.
We have over twenty years experience in environmental impact assessment (EIA) and have been lead consultant for over thirty EIAs on a range of developments both in the UK and overseas including:
Ports and coastal developments – container terminals, luxury tourism developments, coastal defences, jetties
Infrastructure – regeneration schemes, roads
Energy – waste management, gas pipelines, renewable energy
Irrespective of the type of development, we undertake a rigorous scoping stage to ensure that only potentially significant environmental effects are addressed.
Certain types of industrial development need an Environmental Permit to operate.
Whilst many of the studies required for a permit application address topics typically addressed in an environmental impact assessment such as air quality modeling, noise, ecology etc, the focus of the assessment is slightly different. When undertaking studies for either planning or permitting applications, we always ensure that, where appropriate, the needs of both regulatory regimes are reflected in the scope.
We have successfully obtained permits for a range of facilities in the UK.
Over the past few years, several of our clients have either been technology companies new to the UK market or investment companies new to the sector. They have all sought our help in identifying potential sites suitable for their proposals.
From an initial longlist of potential sites, we apply our in-house screening criteria to reduce the number under consideration. We then undertake a detailed site appraisal analysis across a range of issues to develop a shortlist of typically two or three sites for further consideration.
In each case, where we have made a recommendation for a site, we have then been appointed to manage the planning process; all applications have been successful.