Stunning success by Sylvan

Sylvan, the specialist brand co-owned in JV with Aspect Ecology, was instructed to undertake a Historic Landscape Assessment of woodland at Raithwaite Estate, being at the time listed within the Ancient Woodland Inventory.

The context for the instruction was refusal of planning permission for a holiday village within the woodland by Scarborough Borough Council, on grounds (inter alia) of loss of ancient woodland, in accordance with an objection lodged by Natural England.

Through forensic field-work and meticulous document analysis, Sylvan was able to show that the woodland was not in fact ancient, a conclusion subsequently accepted by Natural England. Prospects for planning are now somewhat improved…

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