A major part of the planning system is consideration of  environmental issues in development control.

 We have a wide range of experience in applying our ecological and planning knowledge to produce Ecological Impact Assessments, Habitat Regulation Assessments & Appropriate Assessments under the Habitat Regulations, and all other ecological impact appraisals (such as Extended Phase 1 Surveys and Ecological Appraisals). We follow the industry standard and use the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) guidelines for Ecological Impact Assessment where appropriate .

Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)

Government policy and Regulation has highlighted the need for consideration of environmental issues and sustainability in planning and development.   At Aluco Ecology we keep up to date with ecology and planning regulation and policy and have extensive experience in the application and interpretation of the law and policy on specific projects and planning issues; we work with our clients to successfully achieve their aims


Mitigation for protected species or habitats, and biodiversity generally, requires local knowledge and a survey base provided by ecological survey work. Through this base and impact assessment, the necessity for and degree of mitigation can be tailored to individual projects so that a planning application can have regard to relevant legislation and policy and ensure that best practice measures are proposed. Mitigation will generally follow the hierarchy of avoid - reduce - offset. Large and detailed projects that may affect a number of ecological features is likely to require in-depth mitigation measures, and we can work with other disciplines such as Master planning, Landscape, Recreation & Hydrology to ensure that mitigation is suitable, integrated and likely to be successful when implemented .

BREEAM Assessment

 We have competent ecologists with relevant qualifications and experience to undertake the ecological elements of Sustainability assessments. This will usually involve a pre-construction ecological appraisal/assessment and then working within a team of consultants to provide mitigation measures suitable for a site/project