Developers who thought they could side-step the controls that exist with Tree Preservation Orders have found to their cost that TPOs are a high level of protection. Their work of clearing 270 was spotted, and they were fined, paid costs and now left with a Tree Replacement Notice - they have to replant them all.
From November the requirement for Biodiversity Net Gain in all development proposals come into force nationally - many Councils currently require this, but now all will. A good summary can be seen here
An interesting user-generated map of grass root environmental campaigns has been set up, using Google Maps to track where pressure groups are involved in development proposals. It can be seen via this link
We have a new video on YouTube - a quick guide to show you how to find out if your land or property is at risk from flooding. This is an important matter to consider if you're thinking of extending your property or building on a plot of land. You may need a flood risk assessment to show that you can build. Or the development you want to undertake might be ruled out by the risk of the flooding. Find out before you make what could be a costly mistake.
Habitat and protected species can be important issues in planning applications and appeals. The Government, through Natural England, have announced a new ‘District Level Licensing’ scheme. This looks at the landscape rather than a site-by-site assessment, as well as and using conservation payments from developers to create new habitats in locations. Applicants, appellants and objectors need to be aware of the importance of protected species in all schemes.
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