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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Jenny Bell looks at the potential implications for the offshore wind industry of the recent judicial review of four previously consented offshore wind farms off the coast of Scotland, successfully secured by the RSPB.

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Tom Hartley examines what the recently published Scottish planning review could mean for the use of new technologies in public consultation and the planning process more generally.

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