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Although 2020 certainly wasn’t the year that any of us envisioned, with many of us dealing with multiple curveballs that would affect our mental health one way or another we thought it only right to think positive and look at what went well in 2020 and what we are striving toward in 2021 (even though it has started off a but naff).
Defra has announced a £10 Million Fund to Drive Private Sector Investment in Nature. The recognition that there is a desperate need to invest in nature, biodiversity and the benefits it provides, not only to the natural world but also those people that are surrounded by it, has just got a boost.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have launched a consultation, from 30 January 2021 to 27 March 2021, proposing a number of changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The majority of these changes relate to policy on quality and design of new developments in response to the recommendations of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.
Ever wondered what easy ways you can help to benefit wildlife on your development? Our Ecological Consultant, Hattie Fuller, has provided 5 simple wildlife friendly additions for your development.
Throughout 2021 the team at Wharton will be delivering FREE CPD via Zoom or other formats of virtual media that you prefer to use. We will also offer in-house training either at your offices or ours once we are able too.
If you are an architect, planning consultant, landscape architect or local planning authority and would like to book your Continuing Professional Development in ecology, biodiversity net gain, arboriculture, landscape design then please get in touch. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch to arrange a suitable date and time.
Defra has published a new policy document to explain the changes made to the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (as amended). The 2017 Regulations are one of the pieces of domestic law that transposed the land and marine aspects of the Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC) and certain elements of the Wild Birds Directive (Directive 2009/147/EC)(known as the Nature Directives).
Well 2020 was a strange old year and following on from the new national lockdown announced on 4th January 2021 by the Prime Minister, it has never been more important than now to stick to those New Year resolutions. Winter is upon us and many of us are working from home again; home schooling; and juggling a 101 other things. Winter however provides so many opportunities to see the natural environment completely differently, both as adults and for children. Walking through woodlands and listening to the crunching of the morning frost on the ground; seeing the sun rising through the silhouettes of trees; and listening to the winter bird calls are just some of the things you may not have previously appreciated.
The Earned Recognition (‘ER’) scheme is soon to be piloted by Natural England, the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management and the Bat Conservation Trust. The scheme is similar to the current Bat Mitigation Class Licence (BMCL) with a much increased scope to include all types of roost and all species. Should the scheme be successful it is likely that it will replace the current mitigation licensing process in the long-term.
The newest member to the Wharton Family. Wharton’s team is a dynamic & expanding one! Although in many ways 2020 may have been a year to forget, at Wharton we have been able to create opportunity to deliver an even better service to our clients, and we recognise how important every client it to us. As a result we welcome Paige Yates to the team.
When starting a new development project there are a considerable number of factors that need to be taken into consideration, from initial design to overall completion. Here at Wharton we understand how important it is to consider natural infrastructure from the beginning. There are many benefits to integrating your design with the natural world, but leaving it to the last minute can see costly delays.