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      Nutrient Neutrality

      The local planning authorities across Norfolk have been impacted by guidance issued by Natural England in relation to the impact of increased nutrient loads on protected habitat sites.

      We keep up-to-date with the latest legislation and research and advise on options for mitigation and implications for the delivery of affected developments.

      Local authorities cannot determine planning applications (including reserved matters applications), prior approvals, and certificates of lawfulness within the identified catchment areas unless there is no reasonable scientific doubt that the developments will not give rise to adverse effects because of the increased nutrient load.

      If this cannot be demonstrated, mitigation will be required to achieve nutrient neutrality. This could take the form of on-site treatment of wastewater or by offsetting an increase in nutrient loading by converting land on or offsite with woodlands or wetlands.

      It’s important you understand the implications of nutrient neutrality for the delivery and viability of your development. We’re at hand to provide you with guidance informed with the latest industry insight.

      We are here to help you navigate the new guidelines and make sure your project is up-to-speed with the new requirements.



      We can help you reutilise the embedded carbon in your assets so you can improve the emissions from your existing estate and protect your historic properties.

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      Master planning

      The development industry has a huge role to play in the essential work of climate change and creating sustainable communities. Through master planning and urban design, you can make well-informed decisions now to contribute to hitting net zero carbon by 2050.

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      Net Zero Portfolio Strategy

      We need to think big and think combined to bring together all elements of sustainability to reach our targets. There is no single solution.

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      Specification of materials

      With sustainability policies moving so fast selecting the right goods, materials and services for your project can feel like trying to hit a moving target.

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      Carbon lifecycle analysis

      Carbon is emitted by a building when it's built, used, demolished and disposed of but materials have their own carbon life too. We’ll help you understand the past, present and future of your assets.

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      Biodiversity Net Gain

      Having a credible biodiversity plan for your scheme is becoming integral to securing planning permission and maximising end values. 

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      Nutrient Neutrality

      The local planning authorities across Norfolk have been impacted by guidance issued by Natural England in relation to the impact of increased nutrient loads on protected habitat sites.

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      Environmental Impact Assessments

      Adding value to minimise the environmental impact of your development or infrastructure projects from the outset and ensuring compliance with the legislative requirements of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

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      Social Value

      Delivering social value through developments is now required by updated compliance and policy, and by society more generally. This means a more sustainable and clearly articulated development resulting in a more valuable and marketable product and is something we are passionate about at Bidwells.

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      Stranded Assets Assessments Strategy

      With the sustainability agenda moving at pace, ensuring your property assets don’t get left high and dry is becoming an integral part of portfolio assessments.

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      Norfolk’s Nutrient Problem

      On 16th March 2022, Natural England increased the list of habitat sites that are considered to be in an unfavourable condition due to excessive nutrient levels. The extended list includes both the River Wensum and large parts of the Broads, and the ‘National Map of Catchments’ provided by Natural England suggests that a significant area of Norfolk will be affected by the change.

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