Environmental Planning & Ecological Enhancements

Seeing the Big Picture…

ELD undertakes Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments as individual studies, or as part of an Environmental Statement or EIA to satisfy conditions relating to planning applications.

ELD’s Landscape & Visual Impact Assessments (LVIA) include:

  • Mapping and evaluation of existing baseline data.
  • Identification of key landscape features and characteristics.
  • Identification of visual envelope and visual effects.
  • Assessing receptor sensitivity, magnitude and significance of development.
  • Identification of most appropriate location and style of development.
  • Proposed mitigation to reduce impacts.

ELD are also involved in Green Infrastructure (GI) planning at strategic levels. This involves the proactive promotion of green spaces, existing trees and ecological habitats that collectively form important connections through and around proposed development areas, ensuring vital links between open spaces are protected and enhanced.

Creating a Balance with Nature…

Working with project ecologists, ELD is able to incorporate ecological enhancements as part of their landscape design proposals for planning applications, to fulfil BREEAM requirements and promote a site’s biodiversity.

Ecology surveys are highly seasonal and failure to carry out ecological surveys at the correct time can lead to costly delays and planning refusals.

For example, the main surveys that need to be carried out during the winter months include:

  • wintering birds
  • bat scoping
  • badgers
  • otters
  • dormice nut surveys

Additional ecology work that can be cost effectively carried out over the winter period includes:

  • arboricultural surveys/tree works
  • invertebrate I.D. and laboratory analysis
  • marine benthos sampling and I.D.
  • wildlife habitat creation and management