Project Success Example: Bat Surveys

Ciaran PowerProtected Species Surveys

After working closely with our client and the planning consultant planning permission was granted for 3 residential dwellings on the site of a former vacant pub in Manchester. Our ecology team carried out a daytime inspection of the building for its potential to support bats and then carried out nocturnal bat surveys to determine that no bats were roosting within … Read More

Project Success Example: Large Residential Development

Ciaran PowerEcology

We recently assisted a client with clearing a former golf course for a large residential development which involved felling a number of trees as well as scrub clearance. To ensure no nesting birds were harmed during site clearance, our ecologists conducted thorough checks of trees and scrubs to locate any active nests. When active nests were discovered, trees were taped … Read More

Project Success Example: Extension Proposal

Ciaran PowerLandscape

We recently assisted a client in securing consent for a proposed extension with basement, in the vicinity of a large protected tree. With the client facing the prospect of a flat-out refusal for the proposal, we put forward a method statement for the exploratory hand dig of small trial holes along the line of the proposed foundation. This was undertaken … Read More

Project Success Example: Management Plan for Trees and Woodland

Ciaran PowerTrees

We recently assisted a client in identifying and formulating a management plan for trees and woodland across a number of developer-retained public open spaces, following the successful development of a site in greater Manchester. We were able to identify immediate works and provide advice for a long-term strategy that would prove beneficial for the trees, the local amenity and the … Read More

Project Success Example: Apartment Block Residential Development

Ciaran PowerLandscape

We recently helped a client secure planning approval with no objections for an interesting project in Birmingham for an apartment block residential development. Our multi-disciplinary team produced a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, Arboricultural Impact Assessment, Landscape Layout / Masterplan, and Planting Plan as part of the planning submission. Liaising closely with the project architect and key stakeholders, our landscape team produced … Read More

Sustainable landscapes…….are they?

Ciaran PowerLandscape

So. You go to great trouble, time and expense in securing a piece of land, agreeing your vision for the site, appointing the design team and supporting consultants, liaising with the local planning authority, finalising the design, submitting the application, waiting in breathless anticipation, getting frustrated at the planners, amending the scheme, waiting again in breathless anticipation and eventually securing … Read More

What’s the difference between a tree survey and a tree survey? (note to developers, architects & planning consultants)

Ciaran PowerTrees

This is a subject that we have been highlighting for years and centres around quality……or rather the apparent lack of it within the arboricultural industry. What useful information can be gleaned from a list of trees? British Standard BS5837: 2012 Trees in relation to design, demolition & construction – Recommendations) sets out a standard to be followed during the gathering … Read More

Typical Work Flow Relating to Bat Surveys

Ciaran PowerProtected Species Surveys

Due to the decline in bat populations in the UK over the last century and the level of protection now afforded to bats, many planning applications must be supported by a bat survey. At Ascerta, we understand the importance of development schedules and strive to ensure that our clients do not suffer unnecessary delays as a result of any ecological … Read More

We’re Hiring – Experienced Chartered Landscape Architect

Ciaran PowerCareers

Landscape Architect We have an opportunity for a qualified and experienced Chartered Landscape Architect to join our small and friendly team, working on a range of projects across the country. For the right candidate, we offer an excellent salary package and benefits that will grow as the business expands and as your role develops within the organisation. Essential requirements: Creating … Read More