Many developments and new operations require one or more permits which sit alongside planning permission for the land use. Environmental Permits issued by the Environment Agency or Natural Resources Wales cover waste recovery, re-use and disposal operations such as the preparation and use of wastes as fuel, the recycling of aggregates and soils for construction or site restoration, and the operation of plant to treat soils infested with Japanese Knotweed.
Marine Licences are required for construction or activities in the intertidal zone and on the sea bed. They involve habitat and wildlife surveys, consideration of construction methods and pollution control, the effects of noise and disturbance on marine mammals or birds, and possible effects elsewhere along the coastline.
Work in or close to a watercourse can both generate a risk of flooding and be at risk from flooding. Flood Risk Activity permits are therefore required, and these involve assessing the risk to water quality, wildlife and effects on flow.
Many projects have elements that require more than one permit, and seasonal surveys or even formal Environmental Assessment may be needed to support the application. Our multi-disciplinary team can advise on the complex interaction between the elements, to produce an efficient programme of works which makes best use of our clients’ resources.
Key contact: Stephen Blunt