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Building with Nature

Building with Nature

The value of integrating the natural and built environment has been understood for some time, and has perhaps been brought to the forefront of minds by our recent situation.  With access to other forms of entertainment, a trip to the shops, the movies, the...

The Landmark Practice is a CIEEM Registered Practice

The Landmark Practice is a CIEEM Registered Practice

The Landmark Practice is pleased to announce it has been awarded Registered Practice status by the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). CIEEM is the leading professional membership body representing ecologists and environmental managers...

Welcome Ian Morgan!

Welcome Ian Morgan!

Wishing a very warm welcome Ian Morgan, our newest addition to our ecology team here at The Landmark Practice Ian joined The Landmark Practice in June, after having previously completed a couple of seasons working freelance in the ecology sector.  Ian brings with...

Visual Representation of development proposals

Visual Representation of development proposals

Visual Representation is a presentation technique that is increasingly requested by planning.  In September 2019 the Landscape Institute published Technical Guidance Note (06/19) for the ‘Visual Representation of Development Proposals’.  After six months of applying...

Covid19 in 2020: Development Projects and ecology/landscape services

Covid19 in 2020: Development Projects and ecology/landscape services

As most of our clients know, The Landmark Practice is still fully operational during the Covid19 pandemic and undertaking ecology phase ones, reptile surveys, bat surveys, landscape assessments, capturing views and carrying out feasibility studies, all in accordance...

What is a Bat Low Impact Class Licence?

What is a Bat Low Impact Class Licence?

Bat Low Impact Class Licence is a type of bat licence which is granted by Natural England (or Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage), that permits activities which would ordinarily be unlawful.  Legislation makes it an offence to destroy, damage or...

Project Update – Hounslow Heath Junior School

Project Update – Hounslow Heath Junior School

The new Nature Conservation Area (outdoor teaching space) at Hounslow Heath Junior School is beginning to take shape.  The Landmark Practice was commissioned by PWA Designs Limited in 2019 to re-design the space after the previous conservation area was re-purposed as...

Visualisation – A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

Visualisation – A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

Planning applications are often informed by technical reports, but an essential element of the planning submission is the visual presentation of the scheme.  The saying goes ‘It’s all in the presentation’ and in our experience, the most successful schemes are those...

Ecology Planning Conditions

Ecology Planning Conditions

For development sites that have wildlife interest, Local Planning Authorities often apply a range of pre-commencement or pre-operation ecology planning conditions. Whilst pre-commencement planning conditions should not come as a surprise to applicants (see our related...

Are you ready for the survey season?

Are you ready for the survey season?

As we move into late winter, it’s that time of year when our ecologists start gearing up for the next survey season.  It is also the last opportunity for our landscape architects to capture winter views of potential development before fresh leaf cover obscures views...

What is Biodiversity Net Gain?

What is Biodiversity Net Gain?

Biodiversity Net Gain is “an approach to development that leaves biodiversity in a better state than before.”(1).  When applying biodiversity net gain principles, developers are encouraged to bring forward schemes that provide an overall increase in natural...

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