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Unlocking the land – brownfield land fund

Earlier this year, the Government announced, along with a package of other measures, a £1.2 billion Starter Home Land Fund to prepare more brownfield land for starter homes. The aim is to ensure local authorities […]
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Sustainable Drainage Scheme conditions – what they look like and how to approach them – Part 2

In the first part of our 2 part series on SuDS planning conditions we looked at three typical examples of how planning authorities require statements on feasibility for SuDS to be included on a development […]
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Sustainable Drainage Scheme conditions – what they look like and how to approach them – Part 1

When submitting planning applications, a council will often impose a condition to be met in order for the development to go ahead. The need to assess the inclusion of a sustainable drainage scheme (SuDS) is […]
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National Flood Review – Short term solutions that miss wider flood risk

The latest Defra Review on the UK’s flood defences has underlined that more than a short term fix is required with flood management for people and property – yet this is what it is proposing […]
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Options for SuDS – Managing the Flow

Different ground conditions reveal different underlying geology and site history, including past quarrying or made ground. When considering a site for potential development, often very local and variable conditions mean that surface water must be […]
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Meet the team – Lisa

Lisa Davies is our Operations Manager and has been with GeoSmart since the very beginning! What’s your background and experience before joining GeoSmart? I previously worked for our sister company ESI, as an environmental consultant […]
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High Court supports Council sustainable drainage conditions on planning permission

The Court of Appeal has recently dismissed an application for judicial review of a local planning authority’s decision to approve a drainage scheme. The Council required the developer to meet “sustainable drainage principles” and imposed […]
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Flood Risk Guide

Whilst well understood, flooding has many faces and large amounts of complex planning guidance. Here’s a handy flood risk guide to help you design your scheme alongside your client and with flood risk in mind: […]
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