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Tintagel Castle Footbridge and Footpaths – Consents

November 2017Tintagel Castle Footbridge and Footpaths – Consents

English Heritage’s landmark project to install a stunning new high-level footbridge and associated new footpaths at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall has been granted Planning Consent by Cornwall Council and has been granted Scheduled Monument Consent by Historic England.

Nicholas Pearson Associates has played a key role in the project from pre-feasibility input to the design brief for the bridge, through concept and detail design phases and the successful consenting phase.

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North Taunton Development - Planning Consent

October 2017North Taunton Development - Planning Consent

The North Taunton Development, part of the Taunton Garden Community initiative, has been granted planning consent.

Nicholas Pearson Associates played a key role through the preparation of the Green Infrastructure and Open Space strategies for this landscape-led masterplan which will provide 950 new homes, spine road, a primary school, local centre and employment land.

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University of Essex scoops Green Flag award

August 2017University of Essex scoops Green Flag award

Green Flag judges have rewarded the University of Essex’s environmentally friendly approach to maintaining its Colchester Campus with an international accolade. The award recognises the University’s commitment to looking after Wivenhoe Park, which features in an iconic Constable painting, and is home to the multi-award winning University.

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Saw Close public realm enhancements underway

July 2017Saw Close public realm enhancements underway

Public realm enhancement works are underway at Saw Close in Bath. The works will raise the quality of the public realm and enable a thriving entertainment space to evolve. The B&NES Highway works will dovetail with the adjacent casino, hotel and restaurant development. Works are expected to be completed in April 2018.

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Visual representation of development proposals

May 2017Visual representation of development proposals

The landscape Institute has recently issued new technical guidance which “aims to help landscape architects, planning officers and other stakeholders to select types of visualisation which are appropriate to the circumstances”.
Following the release of the new technical guidance, has been updated to provide more information relating to verified views and the types of representation available.

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Bath developments along River Avon moving forward

May 2017Bath developments along River Avon moving forward

Some key development projects on sites along the River Avon in Bath have gained planning consent in recent months, with construction work now starting to progress. Nicholas Pearson Associates has provided ecological consultancy services for a number of these projects including at Roseberry Place, Bath Quays South, Bath Quays Bridge and Midland Bridge Road.

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Bath Spa University – Newton Park Planning Consent

April 2017Bath Spa University – Newton Park Planning Consent

In March planning permission was granted for a scheme of improvements to the front of the Main House at Bath Spa University’s Newton Park campus. This will improve the setting of a grade I listed building within a registered grade II* landscape, improve pedestrian access and safety.

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Screening under the 2017 EIA Regulations

March 2017Screening under the 2017 EIA Regulations

The provisions relating to screening are changing under the forthcoming Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017. The changes include standardising the type of information to be provided by a developer when asking a local planning authority (LPA) to screen a proposal and a requirement for the LPA to state the main reasons for their conclusion.

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EIA Transitional Arrangements

March 2017EIA Transitional Arrangements

The transitional arrangements for the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017 mean that, depending on the circumstances, either the existing or new Regulations may apply – or a combination of the two.

It will be important to understand which Regulations apply to a project and to keep track of this as projects go through the planning system.

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Bridport Waste Management Centre Receives Civic Trust Award

March 2017Bridport Waste Management Centre Receives Civic Trust Award

On 10 March, the Bridport Waste Management Centre scheme received a Commendation award from the Civic Trust at the awards ceremony held in Winchester.

The scheme demonstrates how an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to environmental assessment and design can deliver a high quality scheme in a sensitive location and meet the needs of the local community.

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HS2 Receives Royal Assent

March 2017HS2 Receives Royal Assent

On 23 February, Phase 1 of High Speed 2 (HS2) received Royal Assent, giving the scheme the go ahead between London and Birmingham. Construction will commence on schedule in the spring.

Nicholas Pearson Associates supported Atkins as EIA coordinators for the Supplementary Environmental Statement 3 and Additional Provision 4 ES for Community Forum Area 19 – Coleshill Junction.

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Design changes submitted for University of Oxford development

February 2017Design changes submitted for University of Oxford development

This January a planning application was submitted to change the design of the University of Oxford’s existing Castle Mill graduate accommodation near Port Meadow, to reduce its environmental impacts. We worked with Orme Architects, Mann Williams and others to design the scheme, and prepared the landscape and visual impact assessment and Environmental Statement.

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Are you employing ‘competent experts’?

February 2017Are you employing ‘competent experts’?

Nicholas Pearson Associates’ multi-disciplinary team can fulfil the forthcoming requirement to employ ‘competent experts’ to prepare Environmental Statements.

We can demonstrate our professional competency through independent corporate and individual accreditations. We are IEMA EIA Quality Mark Registrants and have a team of Registered EIA Practitioners. Staff are also members of IEMA, CIEEM, the Landscape Institute and Society for the Environment.

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Are you ready to monitor significant effects?

February 2017Are you ready to monitor significant effects?

The revised EIA Regulations will require monitoring of significant adverse environmental effects to be considered. We have seen the benefits of this at Cooper’s Edge, Gloucestershire. Our involvement in implementing agreed environmental mitigation and monitoring has successfully improved the condition of a SSSI, retained veteran trees, helped Barn Owls and improved local community awareness and enjoyment of the area’s wildlife.

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Are you considering mitigation early in design?

February 2017Are you considering mitigation early in design?

The forthcoming EIA Regulations will confirm that details of features envisaged to avoid, or prevent, what might otherwise be significant adverse environmental effects can be taken into account in screening decisions.

When appointed early in the planning and design process, we can advise clients on site constraints and opportunities and creative ways in which mitigation can be embedded into scheme designs.

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New Approaches to Great Crested Newt Licensing

February 2017New Approaches to Great Crested Newt Licensing

Natural England (NE) is to offer all councils in England the opportunity to apply for organisational GCN mitigation licences. The aim is to streamline the licensing process for developers whilst bringing the greatest benefit for GCN. This announcement comes shortly after NE announced four new policies for GCN and other European Protected Species.

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Managing floods in Cannington, Somerset

January 2017Managing floods in Cannington, Somerset

The £4 million Cannington Flood Defence Scheme has helped alleviate flows through the village during recent storms.

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