There are lots of changes happening in the world of planning and development, but the biggest change is the move towards greening developments, through “net biodiversity gain”. This means that even small extensions or garden projects should be seeking to incorporate details about how planting and water saving will be used on the proposal to help improve biodiversity and encourage wildlife.
This may incorporate small design improvements, such as bat and bird boxes, green walls and roofs. Or on larger schemes may include street planting, sustainable drainage systems and choice of materials.
In addition to greening, proposals also need to set out their ecological credentials, with many authorities now seeking planning applications to include an eco-services statement setting out how the design and construction of a project has taken steps to lower the carbon footprint.
If you are putting together a planning application and need some advice about eco services statements or how to increase the biodiversity of your site, then give us a call.