Before embarking on any home improvements, extensions or external renovations, it is important to consider ecology in the early stages of planning a project.
Local Planning Authorities now have a statutory duty to consider potential impacts of a development on protected species, habitats and statutory designated sites before planning can be approved.
Whether you are considering a house extension, renovation and roof works, barn conversions or a demolition-rebuild, engaging with EMEC early in the planning process can help you avoid any unnecessary delays in construction works. For most planning applications an Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) is required to provide the Planning Officer with all the relevant information.
It is also important to consider the seasonality of when ecological surveys can be undertaken. Our experienced team of ecologists, arboriculturists and land management experts are on hand and happy to discuss any project, explaining how ecological features may need to be considered.