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Netting trees? You may need some advice first.

Developers may, understandably, think it sensible to use netting to stop birds nesting in trees they may have to lop ...
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Felling a tree – Conservation Areas, TPOs and the Forestry Act

Are you a developer looking to fell a tree – for any reason? Then there are three questions you need ...
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Ecological Impact Assessments – an introduction

Local planning authorities insist on a full ecological impact assessment before they will validate a planning application. But time can ...
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Why you need a contaminated land assessment

There are four reasons why you will need a contaminated land assessment: The Local Planning Authority require it to validate ...
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas for all of the team at agb Environmental (and their owners!). This year, rather than sending out lots ...
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Practicalities of Ground Investigations

Practicalities of Ground Investigations

agb Environmental has been fortunate enough to work on a wide variety of ground investigation project types, with a significant ...
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buried services

Buried Services and Ground Investigations

In the site investigation industry the biggest risk to the safety of operatives is arguably that of striking buried services, ...
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hard surfacing

Hard Surfacing and Tree Roots

Putting new hard surfacing around a tree can be a stumbling block when it comes to a planning application, but ...
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Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Opening Hours

The Newmarket and London offices will have limited staffing between Friday 22nd December and Tuesday 2nd January 2018, as the team enjoy ...
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development professionals

CPD Seminars for Development Professionals

Understanding the requirements for ecology, arboriculture and contaminated land surveys can significantly increase the likelihood of your development projects meeting ...
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ecology CPD

Dedicated Ecology CPD Seminar at Your Office

Ecology is perhaps one of the few technical surveys that has the potential to cause significant delays, costs and complications ...
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CPD Ecology

CPD Seminars for Environmental Surveys in Planning

In the last year we have delivered over 80 Continued Professional Development (CPD) seminars covering ecology, arboriculture and contaminated land ...
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residential site assessment

Multiple Residential Site Assessment

Delivering significant added value through multidisciplinary environmental surveys for multiple sites across a London Borough. agb Environmental was instructed to ...
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Preliminary Ecological Appraisal

A Guide to a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA)

When is a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal needed? What does it involve? Do you have vegetation, standing or running water, or ...
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bat activity survey

What are Bat Activity Surveys?

Even if you don’t have bat roosting potential on your development site, you may still have habitats that support bat ...
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great crested newt surveys

Forgot the Great Crested Newt?

Just discovered that your site needs great crested newt surveys? Or have you found out it’s too late for the traditional surveys? Don’t ...
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Ground Investigation Techniques

Ground Investigation Techniques – Trial Pits

Ground investigation techniques vary depending on the objectives of the investigation, the strata, and logistical factors such as access. To ...
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arboriculture survey

Arboricultural Survey for Residential Development

agb Environmental was commissioned to provide specialist arboricultural support to a residential extension project in London. The proposals were close ...
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water vole survey

Changes to the Water Vole Survey Seasons

Don’t miss the spring survey window for water voles! Water vole surveys may be required if your development project may ...
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ecology validation appraisal

Introducing Ecology Validation Appraisal (EVA)

Do I need an ecology survey for my development project? Will the Local Planning Authority validate my planning application without ...
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root protection areas

Root Protection Areas: No Go Zones?

To understand Root Protection Areas (RPAs), first we must understand how the RPA is calculated. The British Standard (BS5937: Trees ...
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bat roost surveys

Do you need a Bat Roost Surveys?

The bat roost survey season is upon us. The agb Environmental team of ecologists are ready with their various bat ...
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free survey screening

Do I really need that survey for planning?

The number of environmental surveys required to validate a planning application may appear to get keep getting longer. It can ...
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Dynamic Sampling

Ground Investigation Techniques – Dynamic Sampling

Ground investigation techniques vary depending on the objectives of the investigation, the strata, and logistical factors such as access. To ...
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Multidisciplinary Environmental Services

Spend more time on the issues that matter to your development project

We’ve been listening to our clients and you’ve made clear that spending time managing technical surveys is not considered time ...
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site investigation

South London Site Investigation

Enabling the development of a new school by providing a Site Investigation and Flood Risk Assessment. agb Environmental was commissioned ...
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We are seeking Part-Time Seasonal Ecologists

Are you interested in getting paid experience within ecology? agb Environmental are seeking two or three seasonal ecologists to assist ...
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Open CPD on Ecology, Protected Species and the Planning Regime – Canterbury – 13th April 2017

Open CPD on Ecology, Protected Species and the Planning Regime University of Kent, Canterbury 13th April 2017 12:15 to 14:30 ...
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reptile survey

Now is the time for: Reptile surveys

Spring had sprung, and so have the reptiles... time for a reptile survey! March sees the start of the reptile ...
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dormouse surveys

Now is the time for: Dormouse surveys

With the warming spring air, hazel dormice are likely to emerge from hibernation in the coming months. That means it’s time ...
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great crested newt surveys

Now is the Time for: Great crested Newt Surveys

The Great Crested Newt – often the focus of much debate when it comes to protecting ecology and the development ...
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divestment and redevelopment

County Council Farm Building Divestment

Responding to a significant demand for time critical multi site ecology and protected species surveys. agb Environmental was instructed to ...
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bats and birds

Bats and Birds in Trees

Birds and bats are the two animals most likely to be an issue when carrying out tree work. For nesting ...
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Ecology Surveys

Ecology: The Time is Right (Now)

Our team of ecologists are often asked how to best avoid the costs and delays associated with the seasonality of ...
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Breeding Bird Surveys

Breeding Bird Surveys

With January now behind us, thoughts can now turn to spring, and the variety of ecology surveys that can begin ...
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Ground Investigation Techniques – Hand Sampling

Ground investigation techniques vary depending on the objectives of the investigation, the strata, and logistical factors such as access. To ...
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Badgers and Development Projects

The badger is a familiar face in the English countryside, but when it comes to development projects, they can become ...
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Environmental Surveys

Reduce the time, cost and complexity of environmental surveys

The number of environmental site assessments and surveys required for a development project is significant. When instructed individually, managing the ...
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water vole mitigation

Water Vole Mitigation

The 2017 season for water vole mitigation works is almost upon us! New water vole mitigation guidelines for development and ...
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Trees: Don’t Forget Your Neighbours

When developing a site, where trees make life difficult, you may be able to take them out to fit your ...
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Christmas Opening Hours

The team at agb Environmental wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We hope you all enjoy some ...
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Ecology Survey and Mitigation Calendars

If you’ve managed a development project with ecological constraints, you’ll appreciate that there are specific times of year that you ...
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Arboricultural Impact Assessments and Tree Surveys

You’re all set to start planning your development, or maybe submit the planning application, when you’re told you need a ...
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CPD Ecology

CPD on Ecology, Protected Species and the Planning Regime

Ecology is one of the environmental surveys for which Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) require a significant amount of information upfront, ...
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contaminated land

Contaminated Land: The Phase 1 Desk Study

More and more Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) now request a contaminated land Phase 1 Desk Study. This is for potential ...
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hibernating bats

Hibernating bats

Bats seek out buildings and underground structures in the winter that offer specific environmental conditions to see them through the ...
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Wintering Bird Surveys

Wintering bird surveys

As the mild autumn temperatures that we’ve been enjoying are starting to fade and the colder weather sets in, birds ...
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bonfire night

Guide to a Wildlife Friendly Bonfire Night

With Bonfire Night fast approaching, agb Environmental have put together these top tips to help you avoid harming animals which ...
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planning a ground investigation

Planning a Ground Investigation? Some tips for a smooth ride!

Having managed hundreds of ground investigations on a very wide range of different site types, we have compiled our list ...
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ground investigation

Lump Sum Fees for Ground Investigations

At agb Environmental we believe in challenging the status quo to ensure our clients receive the best possible service. One example ...
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ecologists

Winter hibernation? Not for our ecologists!

With winter fast approaching (is your Christmas party booked yet?), you may be forgiven for thinking that our ecologists are ...
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ecology surveys

Declining Dormouse populations highlights importance of development ecology surveys

A new report published this month by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species highlights the serious rate of decline in ...
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tree roots

Don’t stumble over tree roots!

Planning permission has at last been granted on a site where trees have provided a stumbling block for at least ...
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ecology surveys winter

Dare we say it… summer is coming to an end

With the majority of protected species surveys completed, the question turns to what our team of ecologists will be doing ...
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water vole mitigation

Protected Species Surveys: Water Vole

New water vole mitigation guidelines for development and construction projects were published in April 2016. Our Ecologists at agb Environmental ...
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protected species

Protected Species Surveys: Crayfish

With two licensed white-clawed crayfish ecologists on the team, agb Environmental provides some detail on why and when crayfish surveys ...
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Ecology Surveys

Ecology Surveys: End of Season Special

With September fast approaching, we are rapidly moving through the closing months and weeks of various ecological survey seasons. With ...
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Ground Gas

Contaminated Land: Ground Gas

Ground gas is often cited as a key aspect in any contaminated land assessment, and with good reason. On the ...
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WISE

Supporting Women in Science, Technology and Engineering

agb Environmental is proud to announce the support of the Women in Science, Technology and Engineering, WISE Campaign. We believe ...
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Environmental Surveys: CPD for Architects

Following positive feedback from the most recent round of CPD seminars, agb Environmental is pleased to announce the wider rollout ...
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ecology

Increased Ecology Capabilities

New team members join our ecology team We are pleased to announce that Cassie Todd and Claire Browne will be joining ...
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arboricultural surveys

Arboricultural surveys and tree works

agb Environmental has the capability to deliver a range of arboricultural surveys. This can help by removing the hassle and risk by delivering ...
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Arboricultural Surveys CPD

Arboricultural Surveys CPD

Following positive feedback from clients on our Trees in Development CPD, agb Environmental are now offering a seminar on Arboricultural ...
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Ground Investigations at Schools

Ground Investigations Schools With the school summer holidays nearly upon us, the team at agb Environmental is urging clients working ...
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Successful Tree Retention in Development

Trees can be a real asset to a development. Keeping existing trees, or planting new ones can help both to ...
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Made Ground

Ground Investigations: Made Ground

What is Made Ground? It’s very rare that a ground investigation on a potential development site doesn’t identify at least ...
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When to Consider Land Contamination

With the assessment of potential land contamination being a key part of the planning processes, it is important to consider ...
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tree survey

Roosting bats, nesting birds and tree works

Tree survey You’ve had your tree survey done. You’ve got permission from the Council to prune or remove trees. Nothing ...
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Ecological Advice to Award Winning Project

agb Environmental provided ecological advice to the Natural Trust in their award winning Wimpole Hall Gothic Tower restoration project. The ...
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Ground Investigation CPD Seminar

Ground Investigation CPD Seminar

Following positive feedback from several clients on our Ground Investigation CPD Seminar, agb Environmental are now offering an hour long ...
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topographic survey

Do you need a topographic survey for a Arboricultural Impact Assessment?

Accurate plotting of trees is an essential part of any development survey. By making sure your topographic survey covers trees ...
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Geo-environmental, Geotechnical, Ground Investigations & Soil Tests

We are regularly asked for a “soil test”, but are all soil tests created equal? In short, no. There are ...
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Geo-Environmental Geotechnical Services

Geo-Environmental and Geotechnical Services

The agb Environmental Geo Team has grown significantly over the past few years, both in numbers, but also in the ...
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Building on Brownfield Land – Managing Construction Project Risk

When it comes to risks of building on brownfield land, the risk from potential contaminated land perhaps tops the list ...
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non-native species

New controls on invasive non-native species

On the 7th December 2015, Defra published a draft code of practice which sets out how the government will use ...
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building near trees

Trees vs. Buildings?

When building near trees you need to consider both how your building may damage roots, and how roots may damage ...
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tree roots

The “Root” to Success

Why does considering tree roots in development proposals means a greater chance of a successful development? When building near trees, ...
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ecologists

Do Ecologists Hibernate out off survey season?

After a flurry of frantic bat, great crested newt, reptile, dormice and water vole surveys throughout the 2015 ecology survey ...
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What Does a Flood Risk Assessment Include?

In accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), a site-specific Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) should be both proportionate to ...
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development professionals

Reduce Costs, Risks and Time Through Multidisciplinary Technical Services

Find out the top three reasons why combining technical services with one consultancy can benefit your development: 1. Reduced costs A ...
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Trees, foundations and moving the earth

The NHBC is currently highlighting the need to consider trees and ground conditions when planning and designing the foundations for ...
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Three ways to increase the value with a tree survey

How can a tree survey increase profit and eliminate risk? 1. Increasing the sale price of the development. Although trees ...
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Waste soil: Improper classification can be a costly mistake

Waste soil disposal from a development can be costly, but a lack of classification at the pre-development stage can significantly ...
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The real risk posed by asbestos in soil

The risks of asbestos in buildings is now well known and managed, but asbestos in soil remains an area under development ...
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ecology CPD

Save time, money and reduce risk – the multidiscipline approach to surveys

Planning applications often need to be supported by several reports containing a diverse range of recommendations. These may be provided ...
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Neighbouring trees – Are they your problem?

There may be trees on your development site and you may plan to clear them, but what if your neighbours ...
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Should you include soakaway testing in your ground investigation?

As of April 2015, any development is required to consider the potential use of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS). As ...
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The real costs of Ground Investigation

How do you compare quotes of a ground investigation? If it is based solely on the grand total, you may ...
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Importing Soils – Importing Liabilities?

One of the last jobs for a development is often the landscaping. After months of disruption, the natural soils on ...
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Don’t let contaminated land derail your development

Understanding the effect of potentially contaminated land on a proposed new development is becoming higher on the agenda of planners ...
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Ground Investigation CPD Seminar

Problem solving on the ground

You’ve finalised the plans and instructed the surveys, there is a date in the diary for the planning submission and ...
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The All Inclusive package holiday approach to surveys

It’s July and the summer holiday season is almost here. Sun, sea, sand and (for us at least) surveys! With ...
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Costing the Earth: Avoiding Cost Uncertainty from Unknown Ground Conditions

The saying goes, you never know the cost of a development until you’re out of the ground, and with the ...
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Due Diligence surveys – managing investment risk

agb Environmental is a multidisciplinary consultancy offering a range of services – including due diligence surveys. Due diligence surveys relieve ...
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Lasers set to stun

Here at agb Environmental we are always on the lookout for new techniques to produce accurate results. Firing a laser ...
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The BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards

Do you have a project that goes beyond normal business practice to improve biodiversity and ecological habitats in a built ...
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Arboriculturists – A Necessary Evil or a Root to Success?

Having trees on or near your site can prove to be a headache when it comes to development.  Getting an ...
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ecology

Act quickly to book in Dormouse Surveys before the survey window draws to a close

The deadline to start a dormouse survey for a 2015 finish is fast approaching! Secure your development by arranging a ...
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agb Environmental can now offer eDNA testing for great crested newts

agb Environmental ecologists are now fully trained and licensed to use this brand new survey technique, which can determine whether ...
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Reptile surveys are back on the assessment agenda

There are various reptile species in the United Kingdom and they are all legally protected: Two rare species under European ...
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Time For A Dormouse Survey?

When planning new developments there are many different rules and regulations for you to abide by, including ones that may ...
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Looking After Our Ageing Population

The public have a fascination with ancient trees. The recent national poll on the nation’s favourite tree drew the interest ...
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It’s that time of year again… for GCN Surveys

As it’s already March, it is important for anyone who is purchasing land, or applying for planning permission, to find ...
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Barn Conversions: New Clarification Will Facilitate Approvals

In April 2014, the Town and Country Planning General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) enabled conversion of some agricultural buildings to ...
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Spotlight On Richard Parmee

Joining the agb Environmental team in November, Richard Parmee has taken on the role of Principal Arboricultural Consultant at agb ...
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EIA Alterations Doesn't Equal Change to Ecological Assessment Requirement

EIA Alterations Doesn’t Equal Change to Ecological Assessment Requirement

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) recently published their response to the consultation on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) ...
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Tree Inspections: Are you looking after your trees properly?

If you own or are responsible for trees, do you know what your legal obligations are, and are you meeting ...
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CLG Committee Publish Report on NPPF

In a recent report, the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has said that the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) ...
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Government Encourages Building On Smaller Brownfield Sites

In a recent parliamentary statement, the Government has encouraged the redevelopment of Brownfield sites by agreeing that small housing plots ...
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Merry Christmas From The Team

As the holiday season quickly approaches, agb Environmental would like to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas ...
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London’s Plane Trees Under Threat

London's plane trees could be under threat, warns the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA), from a new disease originating from ...
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Continued Pressure On Greenfield Developments

Northam Town Council has recommended first level refusal of a proposed development on greenfield land, which includes 200 new homes ...
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Christmas Tree Choice – Is It Beginning To Needle You?

The origins of Christmas trees in the UK dates back to the early 19th century, taking off in popularity from ...
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Local Authorities to Use CPNs to Tackle Knotweed

The danger Japanese Knotweed poses to biodiversity has been well publicised, and now a change to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime ...
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Battersea Power Station

Brownfield Land Used For New Homes

According to figures published by the Homes and Communities Agency, thousands of new homes could be built on brownfield land ...
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Trees: A Contentious Issue

Whether removal or retention of trees is preferred, developers must remain aware of the ways in which to work with ...
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Contaminated Soils Found At School

Whilst undertaking a £3.3 million renovation, Grove Primary School in Totnes, South Devon, found contaminated soil on the site. Originally ...
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Lead Contamination: A Persistent Issue

Lead is known to be a toxic substance that, if found on your development, will require appropriate risk assessment and ...
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Things to Consider When Purchasing Commercial Land

When purchasing commercial land with the idea to develop, there are many considerations in regards to ensuring you're making a ...
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Validating Gas Membranes

Gas proof resistant membranes are installed to provide protection against harmful ground gases, including; methane, carbon dioxide, volatiles, hydrogen sulphide, ...
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Building Near Landfills

Over the years agb Environmental has helped many clients to develop the land near, and on, former landfill sites. Here ...
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Benefits Of Retaining Trees On Development Sites

There are numerous benefits for retaining trees that developers should be aware of. Although often seemingly in the way of ...
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Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Issues Position Statement on Category 4 Screening Levels

agb Environmental were interested to read that The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has issued it's position following Defra's C4SLs ...
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Updates To Brownfield Sites

Due to the UK's chronic housing shortage, the government has made it clear that brownfield sites shall be made easier ...
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End Of Bat Survey Season Looming

agb Environmental would like to remind developers that the bat survey season is drawing to a close. Our trusted and ...
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EA Launches New Technical Guidance Website

agb Environmental welcomes the launch of a new technical guidance website from the Environmental Agency (EA). The EA has recently ...
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NE Release New Tool To Assess Impact Of Planning Applications On Nature Reserves

Local Planning Authorities in England can now assess whether a proposed development is likely to impact a Site of Special ...
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agb Environmental Recommends A More Complete Ground Investigation

Always advocating a full assessment of ground conditions, agb Environmental wishes to highlight the perils of not heeding this advice ...
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agb Environmental welcomes new British Standard (BS42020) for Biodiversity

The new British Standard (BS42020) for Biodiversity will help clients to compare quotes and levels of service that ecologists provide ...
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Bat Crime Doesn’t Pay Warns agb Environmental

For the first time in a bat crime case, an offender has been referred to the Crown Court for sentencing ...
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agb Environmental’s Guide to Cost Effective Remediation

Buying and developing potentially contaminated sites can be a risky business. Offering guidance from the initial desk study to successful ...
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Defra’s Category 4 Screening Levels Assessment Faces Challenges

Defra has released its provisional C4SLs for the assessment of land affected by contamination under Part 2A of the Environmental ...
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Contamination Assessment Crucial for Prior Approval On Office Re-Developments

Developers must review the potential for contamination when obtaining prior approval from their Local Planning Authority (LPA) before changing property ...
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Practicalities of Ground Investigations

Better Value Desk Studies… Cheap is not Cheerful!

The prospect of needing a Phase 1 Contaminated Land Desk Study can seem daunting with such a variety of services ...
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Top Five Tips For Building Near Trees

Development areas often have trees occupying a substantial part of the site. In many cases, particularly in urban environments, trees ...
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eDNA Proven To Detect GCN, But Surveys Still Needed

Natural England (NE) has announced a step forward in the detection and protection of Great Crested Newts (GCN), which could ...
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Great Crested Newt Survey Deadline Looming; Start Surveys Today To Avoid Big Delays In Your Planning Applications

The Great Crested Newt (GCN) is a species protected by law due to an increasing loss of suitable habitats in ...
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Lift In Ecology Guidance Does Not Mean Lift In Responsibilities

As recent news reveals planned budget cuts for the Environment Agency, certain stakeholders fear a reduction in guidance on ecological ...
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Asbestos in Soil: Changes

The publication of new guidance from CIRIA in March 2014 entitled “Asbestos in soil and made ground: a guide to ...
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agb Environmental Expands Service Offering

Providing environmental management advice to the public sector requires a broad range of expertise. Supplying services, such as ground investigations, ...
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Charges Imposed By Environment Agency

After introducing a charging system to the pre application advice service, a currently free of charge provision, the Environment Agency ...
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Changes To Ground Gas Investigation

A revised version of BS 10175, the British standard for the investigation of potentially contaminated sites, has recently been published ...
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Certify Your Clean Cover System

The NHBC has released clear guidance on its requirements for the certification of any clean cover system. We would encourage ...
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