Our experienced ecologists and qualified arborists undertake tree surveys as may be required as part of a planning permission application or to accompany a development proposal. Recording, identifying and classifying the key differentiating parameters of trees, in addition to assessing condition, is important in determining whether a development proposal might impact on tree setting or condition. Our tree surveys can also encompass tree protection recommendations, which can be adopted by developers or authorities as requirements to be taken into the development phase of a project.
Competent Authority Support
We regularly support Planning Authorities in fulfilling their role as the “Competent Authority” for the purposes of the Habitats Directive. We independently assess planning applications and proposals and the ecological reports, screening assessment or Natura Impact Statements that accompany them. We advise the Competent Authorities on the ecological subject matter under consideration, which may be outside their own areas of expertise.
In providing recommendations and reporting on any proposal, the Competent Authority can adopt our recommendations as their own or consider along with their own internal views or opinions coming from elsewhere, in reaching their final decision. Our offering to Competent Authority is a support and advisory service, as the statutory function always remains with the Authority itself.
Article 6(4) & IROPI – Imperative Reasons of Overriding Public Interest
Having been involved in the first development in the State to rely on the provisions of Article 6(4) of the EU Habitats Directive, and make a case that the development should proceed for Imperative Reasons of Overriding Public Interest (IROPI), we have an intimate working knowledge of the procedures and processes involved in attempting to progress projects in this way. We advise clients that believe their project may have to be progressed via Article 6(4) route, of the implications and obligations of pursuing such a strategy.