A planning application for a property redevelopment was recently withdrawn on the advice of the local authority. This was because no bat survey had been undertaken, even though anecdotal evidence suggested bats were roosting in the structure. The developer now has to wait until late spring, when bats are active again, for surveys to be carried out, prompting a delay of several months before their planning application can be resubmitted complete with the survey information and an assessment of any impacts the development might have on bats, if the surveys confirm that they are indeed present. By not doing this work earlier in the process, the developer has now incurred heavy delays and extra costs. Dr. Mikael Forup looks at the benefits of planning ahead when assessing the potential ecological impact of a proposed development. 

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Last month, it was announced that Natural England was introducing four new policies for European Protected Species with the aim of speeding up the licensing process or, in certain specific cases, avoiding the need to apply for a licence altogether.  The main target for these new policies is the Great Crested Newt (GCN) which many developers will have experience of dealing with over the years. But certain aspects of the new policies are equally applicable to other species as well. Atmos Consultant Jamie Glossop looks at each of the new policies in turn and what implications we think they might have for developers.

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2016 was a busy year for protected species licensing for the Atmos Mold Ecology Team, with four new development licences granted and a two further long-standing licences in place. Covering great crested newt (GCN), bats and badger for a wide range of developments and across Wales and England, this has given us a unique perspective on the  subtle variations in the licencing processes across different organisations, the wide variety of challenges encountered for different types of development and the broad range of solutions used to address these. Senior Consultant, Catherine Hibbert outlines some key lessons to be learned from recent EPS licensing experience in Wales.

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The Atmos team hit the ground running this year with a number of development projects being submitted for consent decision, including solar and wind energy projects and a residential led masterplan site in Shropshire.  From residential property development to road and rail infrastructure, wind energy to solar schemes, master planning and agricultural diversification, the year ahead promises to be another eventful year for us all, full of opportunity together with some challenges for us to overcome. Atmos MD Jean Curran looks at what 2017 might bring. 

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As people around the country celebrate Fireworks night, we are reminded of the in importance that best practice in health and safety plays in all our lives. 
Amos Consulting is today, 4 November 2016, celebrating the awarding of two important accreditations for its commitment to ensuring best practice health and safety, quality and environmental practices. 

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