Brexit, society, economy, environment. Where next?

June has been a momentous month. The UK General election followed hot on the heels of May’s local and mayoral elections, Brexit negotiations opened between the UK government and the EU, and appalling tragedies were wrought by terrorist violence and the fire at...

Effective Integrated Masterplanning

A masterplan is a critical tool for any development, whether at the level of an individual site or a comprehensive development scheme.  A robust masterplan, supported by a delivery plan, is fundamental to maximising land value and development of sustainable...

Return of the Swifts

Swifts are a sign of summer. They arrive from Africa, normally in late April/early May and leave again in early August. Landmark’s first sightings this year were near Avonmouth and in the Chew Valley on 4 and 5 May respectively. The RSPB describes the swift as...

Housing White Paper- reaching for the skies

The Housing White Paper that is currently in consultation https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/housing-white-paper proposes a firm shift in policy toward intensifying development density.  The rationale for this is not only to allow delivery of more homes on less...

Biosecurity on Development Sites

The price of eggs The lockdown on poultry keepers that started in December 2016 to contain the spread of avian influenza brought into sharp relief the need for biosecurity measures in everyday commercial and recreational activities.  The outbreak spread from an...

When should you screen for EIA?

Our series of topical EIA articles in advance of the May 16th deadline for significant changes in UK EIA process continues with consideration of when developers should be considering screening for EIA. Screening for EIA – the critical first step The process of...