Environmental consultancies are moving into the mainstream. They no longer sit at the periphery of the project design process but play a pivotal role at the centre.
RPS Group’s Young, says that environment and consents go hand in hand and are now “well recognised as key parts of all types of planning and infrastructure projects”.
“The people required to cover these issues are now firmly ensconced as principle players alongside those responsible for the design, business case and implementation. This has come about over the past 15 years. The National Planning Policy Framework has helped to focus resources better on what is actually important to determining projects under planning and has helped weed out some work that has been unnecessary before,” he says.