Category Archives: Construction

RPS: Temporary dewatering from excavations to surface water


In the United Kingdom, you usually need an environmental permit if you discharge liquid or waste water into surface water. There is an opportunity to work within a Regulatory Position Statement issued by the Environment Agency for England but, first, … Continue reading

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Butterflies in the wider UK Countryside: 1976 to 2017


The UK Government has published indicators on butterflies in the United Kingdom, which are intended to contribute to a suite of indicators due to be updated later this year (the UK Biodiversity Indicators). In the meantime, the specific indicators on … Continue reading

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Use of manufactured topsoil (RPS 190)


The Environment Agency  has published revised guidance on the use of manufactured soil in England, which is an activity that will require an environmental permit if you want to use manufactured topsoil because it is made from waste. However, if … Continue reading

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Private Rented Property “Minimum Standard” Guidance for Landlords


This is a follow-up article on my original blog “Proposed Energy Efficiency Standard for UK rented Properties” way back in April 2015, which covered the UK Government’s proposal for draft legislation under the Energy Act 2011, which established a framework that requires … Continue reading

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Starting on-site Guide for Construction


Whilst researching for useful guides for one of my clients in the construction sector, I found “Starting on-site”, which is a free publication made available by the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA). The guidance provides useful guidance for … Continue reading

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Do you know that CSCS CRO Cards are changing?


There is a danger that some 85,000 Construction Related Occupation (CRO) cards issued by CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) will expire in September 2017 without the card holder realising as the cards near the end of a two-year phase out … Continue reading

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NEWT.N – A web app for HSI assessment of ponds


The Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) for Great Crested Newts is based on the HSI methodology developed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a means of evaluating habitat quality and quantity using a numerical index, between 0 and 1. … Continue reading

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