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Planning advice

  • Orton Pit SAC
  • Significant urban extension receives planning permission

    Friday April 26th, 2013

    BSG Ecology has been working on proposals for the Great Haddon urban expansion on the southern edge of Peterborough for over seven years. We were delighted to learn that in March this year Peterborough City Council granted outline planning permission for this significant development.

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  • Yellow Archangel
  • A British Standard for Biodiversity

    Thursday September 27th, 2012

    The emerging draft of BS42020 Biodiversity – Code of Practice for Planning and Development provides opportunities for improved consistency and objectivity across all professional ecologists involved in delivering advice on ecology matters in advance of and during the planning application process. The BS will apply...

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  • Winwick
  • Winwick Wind Farm Public Inquiry

    Thursday September 6th, 2012

    This article provides a brief review of a recent appeal decision for a proposed seven wind turbine scheme in Northamptonshire.  It also continues Dr Peter Shepherd’s review of wind farm public inquiry decisions following his recent note on the Kelmarsh and Watford Lodge wind farm appeal...

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  • Brandt's Bat (Myotis brandtii)
  • Bat Survey Guidelines

    Friday May 4th, 2012

    The second edition of Bat Surveys: Good Practice Guidelines has recently been published by the Bat Conservation Trust, and this builds upon the guidance set out in the first edition and draws upon a range of new information.

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  • EcoBuild 2012 BSG Ecology Stand
  • Talking Shop at Ecobuild 2012

    Friday March 30th, 2012

    Sian Mitchell and Kate Vincent attended a very stimulating Ecobuild 2012 last week in London where views were exchanged with a whole range of co-professionals, in particular architects and planners working in organisations large and small. Sian reports, “It was very interesting to find that...

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  • Micro wind turbine
  • Bats and Micro-wind Energy Schemes

    Thursday March 29th, 2012

    BSG Ecology has been delivering ecological survey and assessment in support of wind farm and large single turbine applications for a considerable time.   Over the past year, however, we have begun to field a considerable number of queries about small-scale turbines, typically to provide electricity...

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  • Talbot Heath

    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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  • Portsmouth Harbour SPA
  • Disturbance and increased visitor pressure impacts on internationally designated sites

    Monday February 27th, 2012

    Internationally designated sites such as Special Protection Areas (SPAs), Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Ramsar Sites can have ramifications for development and other activities a long way beyond their immediate boundaries. Where these sites might be affected, impact assessment and decision making is sometimes highly precautionary, meaning that activities many miles removed from these sites can and do come under the closest scrutiny.

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