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Legal updates

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  • Prideaux v. Buckinghamshire County Council and FCC Environmental UK Limited EWHC 1054, April 2013

    Friday March 28th, 2014

    A recent high court judgment (Prideaux v. Buckinghamshire County Council and FCC Environmental UK Limited EWHC 1054, April 2013) provides useful clarification on a number of issues relating to wildlife law and policy, and in particular the interpretation of the law concerning European Protected Species and the consideration of satisfactory alternatives as one of the three derogation tests set out in Regulation 53(9) of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010.

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  • STOP PRESS – TALBOT HEATH DECISION PUBLISHED

    Wednesday February 29th, 2012

    A decision by the Secretary of State (SoS) on a public inquiry into residential development at land south of Wallisdown Road, Poole was published on 28th February (PINS Ref: APP/Q1255/V/10/2138124). This was a key case called in by the SoS as it involved residential and associated development within 400m of Talbot Heath, which is part of the Dorset Heaths SPA. Understandably Natural England and the RSPB had maintained an objection to the scheme throughout the planning process as this represented a significant departure from their published guidance on development near heathland sites. The decision to grant planning permission by Borough of Poole Council has been overturned by this decision.

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  • Planning, law and ecology – all change!

    Thursday January 26th, 2012

    Proposals to significantly change the planning and regulatory systems are currently under consideration; however, any new approach in respect of ecology is unlikely to be resolved quickly.

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  • Cheverton Down Wind Farm – Review of appeal decision

    Friday January 20th, 2012

    Dr Peter Shepherd (BSG Partner) was asked to give evidence on behalf of the appellant as the impact on bats was a main issue at this public inquiry. As part of our on-going analysis of wind farm appeal decisions, a review of the Cheverton Down Wind Farm inquiry is presented in an article, written by Dr Shepherd, which includes comments and observations on the appeal decision (issued on 30 August 2011).

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  • Ecology Consultancy Services to Local Authorities

    Thursday February 24th, 2011

    Baker Shepherd Gillespie (BSG) has worked with local authorities for fourteen years, developing an extensive portfolio. Over this time our nationwide team of over thirty ecologists has widened and deepened its understanding of local authority needs in an ever-changing administrative, funding and policy environment.

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  • Natural England licensing conference

    Wednesday March 31st, 2010

    Dr Peter Shepherd was recently invited to make a short presentation to Natural England’s Wildlife Management Advice and Licensing Conference in Gloucestershire. He was asked to give an insight into the role of the ecological consultant in working with European Protected Species. “It was a...

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  • UK bat conference workshop

    Tuesday September 1st, 2009

    Dr Peter Shepherd and Judy Stroud will present a workshop on ‘Mitigation for Roosts in Buildings’ at the Bat Conservation Trust National Bat Conference, September 2009. The workshop will look at information from a recent review of EPS licence returns and questions raised by this,...

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