The end of the consultation on the NPPF

Posted by Rod Ellison on 11/22/2011
Consultation on the NPPF finished on 17 October 2011. There has been a high rate of response, of about 14,000 responses and the debate has certainly polarised opinion! The Planning Inspectorate initially stated that the draft NPPF was a material consideration and “gives a clear indication of the Government’s `direction of travel’ in planning policy”. They withdrew that statement in September, and their guidance now states “It is a consultation document and, therefore, subject to potential amendment. It is capable of being a material consideration, although the weight to be given to it will be a matter for the decision maker in each particular case. The current Planning Policy Statements, Guidance notes and Circulars remain in place until cancelled.”

Cuts to Feed in tariffs for sub 4kW Solar

Posted by Rod Ellison on 11/22/2011
In the second unscheduled change this year feed in tariff rates for solar PV have been cut. The government argues the subsidises were over generous. The reality of the situation is that one of the few technologies the public seem willing to adopt will no longer be financially attractive, substantial job losses are likely and the changes will reduce investor confidence in emerging subsidy regimes.


Posted by Jo Neville CEnv MIEEM BSc on 10/31/2011
Halloween is here and it seems that bats are everywhere, but most of those not made of plastic are likely to be finding places to get safely tucked up for the winter, hibernating in buildings, caves and trees across the country. But whilst you carve your pumpkin and don your witch’s hat, spare a thought for our little sleepy friends. They are often misunderstood, and many an hour of consultant’s time is spent explaining that they are not half as scary or problematic as people think!

Ecosulis and AquaticEngineering Team Up to Deliver Biodiverse Roof

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 10/26/2011
Ecosulis is working withIsle of Wight based AquaticEngineering to install a 4500m2 biodiverse green roof and a significant SUDS at the new Cowes Enterprise College.

Wichelstowe Wildlife News: Issue 4, October 2011 – Summer Works 2011 .

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) on 10/03/2011
Over the summer Ecosulis has undertaken suveys for badger, invasive species, water vole and otter, great crested newt larvae and bats as well as undertaken on-going management and maintenance. The results have been positive, with wildlife thriving alongside the Wichelstowe development.

Natural England release new 2011 Reptile Mitigation Guidelines for Developers

Posted by Jake Kirby on 09/26/2011
All of England’s reptile species have suffered declines, to varying extents across the country. For the widespread species, development without adequate mitigation continues to be a significant reason for this decline. Natural England’s new guidance is an updated single set of standards for good practice in reptile mitigation. It will be useful for developers and local planning authorities alike.

Dorset Bat Mitigation Plan

Posted by Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 09/26/2011
Developers face more paperwork and upfront cost when submitting planning applications for works affecting a confirmed bat roost in Dorset. Why?

Ecosulis?!!! Where on earth did they get the name?!!!

Posted by on 09/09/2011
A potted history of our transition from Conservation Consultancy Ltd to Ecosulis Ltd

Community Renewables - Project Development

Posted by Rod Ellison on 09/05/2011
Further to our recent blog on localism and comunity rebewables we write further on the broader process of developing a project.

Bat Mitigation Licence vs Precautionary Method of Working

Posted by Hannah Maben - BSc (Hons) MIEEM on 08/26/2011
Natural England has recently raised concern regarding works affecting bats and their roosts being undertaken without the appropriate mitigation licence. So when is a mitigation licence required and when is a precautionary method of working appropriate?

Summary of Biodiversity Strategy for England

Posted by Cain Blythe - CEnv MIEMA MIEEM MSc BSc (Hons) on 08/23/2011
The England Biodiversity Strategy includes a commitment to “to halt overall biodiversity loss, support healthy well-functioning ecosystems and establish coherent ecological networks, with more and better places for nature for the benefit of wildlife and people.” The Strategy sets out four key outcomes that will be achieved through a series of priority actions categorised into four areas. A summary of each of these has been provided.

Ecosulis join BAM Construction in their support of Barnardo’s Charity

Posted by Suzi Day on 08/22/2011
Ecosulis support BAM Construction raise £200,000 over the next two years.