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A unique network of long-established specialists coming together to deliver excellence in rural land use and planning services. We have combined expertise and experience of working across a range of development and environmental disciplines to address the issues and demands of rural communities and landowners.

Planning & Development

Our planning and development team can support you develop your project from the initial conception through to delivery on the ground:

Pre- application reviews

  • Feasibility and testing of ideas
  • Planning policy review
  • Pre-application  consultations
  • Community consultations
  • Liaison with statutory and non statutory consultees

Planning applications

  • Planning Statements
  • Masterplanning, Development and Neighbourhood Plans
  • Preparation of planning applications
  • Project management
  • Applications for Certificates of Lawful Use and change of use
  • Preparation of Design and Access Statements
  • Negotiation of planning obligations,conditions and Section 106 and Section 278 Agreements 
  • Planning Appeals for refusal,non-determination and enforcement, including support at Hearings and Inquiries 

Technical surveys and assessments

  • Ecological Surveys
  • Arboricultural Surveys
  • Landscape and Ecological Assessments
  • Flood Risk Assessments
  • Travel Assessment and Plans
  • Economic and Viability Appraisals
  • Minerals Surveying
  • Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment
  • Sustainability Appraisals
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Sustainability & Viability

Whether you are looking to develop your site, or you are considering options for diversification, we can help.

Viability

  • Sustainability appraisals
  • Economic viability assessments
  • Business planning
  • Specialist land and business study and evidence review
  • Sport, leisure and tourism studies and strategies
  • Policy and legal compliance
  • Grant funding searches and applications
  • Planning application management
  • Compliance monitoring and due diligence

Sustainability

  • Accredited and certified sustainability assessments (including ‘BREEAM Communities’ assessment and reporting)
  • Sustainability Appraisals
  • Community Needs Assessment
  • Public and community consultation and engagement
  • Sustainable design and construction
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Green and Blue Infrastructure Strategy and Design
  • Specialist Surveys
  • Countryside Stewardship – options review, application and management
  • Estate management strategies
  • GIS mapping

Land and Estate Management

The natural environment can provide a range of goods and services to support landowners and managers. Realising and enhancing natural capital is a core element of managing land sustainably.

Strategy and funding

  • Policy and compliance reviews
  • Countryside Stewardship Schemes
  • Woodland Grant Schemes
  • Rural development grants
  • Business and sustainability planning
  • Diversification options analysis

Habitat management

  • Habitat creation and restoration
  • Farm habitat surveys
  • Ecological surveys (including protected species)
  • Woodland and timber resource management
  • Arboriculture surveys and management
  • Landscape assessment

Natural resource management

  • Natural flood risk management
  • Soil and water quality surveys
  • Ecosystem services and function appraisal
  • Natural capital assessment
  • Minerals surveying
  • Timber crop review
  • Carbon footprinting for land management
  • Carbon sequestration and credit schemes
  • Renewable energy
  • Biodiversity and landscape plans
  • GIS and mapping