Latest planning performance figures for Scotland show the average time taken to determine major planning applications rose steeply during the first half of the 2016-17 financial year – up from 26.3 weeks during the first three months of 2016 to an average of 44.8 weeks during July to September. This is the highest average determination period for major applications for any quarter since this measurement began in April 2012. Atmos Technical Director Ecology considers what developers can do to mitigate the risk of delays in the planning process.  

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Atmos MD Jean Curran considers the recently published review of Scotland’s planning system and potential opportunities to take a fresh approach to the multiple benefits and functions we derive from our natural environment.

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With the North England Build 2016 event rapidly approaching perhaps now is a good time to reflect on how a good environmental consultant can iron out potential environmental constraints during the planning and construction phases of projects. This is applicable for all disciplines within the environmental consultancy field but the focus of this article is on ecology which often sits near the top of potential environmental constraints prior to and during construction of infrastructure projects, small or large.

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