agb Environmental is an environmental consultancy specialising in multi-service, multi-site development projects. We provide comprehensive environmental site assessment and coordinated constraints management.
Planning permission has at last been granted on a site where trees have provided a stumbling block for at least two years, following the use of radar by agb Environmental’s specialist arboricultural team.
With September fast approaching, we are rapidly moving through the closing months and weeks of various ecological survey seasons. With that in mind, we’re urging clients to consider accelerating project surveys in order to meet the survey deadlines.
Following positive feedback from clients on our Trees in Development CPD, agb Environmental are now offering a seminar on Arboricultural Surveys CPD. The CPD course is designed for construction professionals, and is ideally suited to property consultants and architects. The presentation lasts approximately one hour, and we have found that a question and answer session…
Trees can be a real asset to a development. Keeping existing trees, or planting new ones can help both to gain planning approval and to sell the properties. But it’s not just a simple case of keeping trees where they aren’t directly in the way, or planting new trees wherever there is space.
Accurate plotting of trees is an essential part of any development survey. By making sure your topographic survey covers trees suitably, you won’t also need to pay for your Arboriculturist to plot them as well.
When building near trees, you need to consider both how your building may damage roots, and how roots may damage your building. You can’t usually see where they are until you start digging, so how can you plan your development to take roots in to account?
When building near trees, there are several factors that can influence where and how far consideration will need to be given to roots.
Here at agb Environmental we are always on the lookout for new techniques to produce accurate results. Firing a laser at a tree doesn’t sound like the best way to help protect it from development, but that’s what was needed for one site in Chelsea recently.
Having trees on or near your site can prove to be a headache when it comes to development. Getting an Arboriculturist on board at an early stage can both prevent delays and costly revisions.
Joining the agb Environmental team in November, Richard Parmee has taken on the role of Principal Arboricultural Consultant at agb Environmental.
Whether removal or retention of trees is preferred, developers must remain aware of the ways in which to work with these ‘material constraints’. Tree considerations are a vital part of the planning process. The Local Planning Authority (LPA) may require that the best trees be retained within any development. The British Standard BS 5837:2012 provides…
There are numerous benefits for retaining trees that developers should be aware of. Although often seemingly in the way of construction, trees can add value to your site and may also be protected by LPAs, therefore subjecting your development to planning constraints.