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We are delighted to announce that Lockhart Garratt landscape architect Richard Heath has gained accreditation with Building with Nature, a UK-based organisation founded to define and ensure the implementation of high-quality green infrastructure at every stage of the development process

As Lockhart Garratt’s first staff member to gain this important qualification, Richard’s fantastic achievement will enhance our landscape consultancy’s ability to support our clients with their planning applications and subsequent discharging of conditions around environmentally friendly landscape assessment and design.

As an assessor, Richard can support clients seeking Building with Nature accreditation for their projects by helping them demonstrate compliance with Building with Nature standards, which are set by an expert Standards Board as the benchmark for good green infrastructure. Aided by this expertise, developers can work towards a ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ rating in their Building with Nature evaluation report. If successful, they can go forward for an award for their project in a national ceremony to celebrate and promote best practice. The Building with Nature accreditation is a voluntary qualification which provides an additional layer to the statutory planning system. Project accreditation can be used to support a detailed planning application or to communicate the benefits of the scheme to the all-important network of stakeholders. Where applicants submit schemes for award that are not deemed to meet required standards, assessor feedback is given as to where and how the scheme can be improved. Richard says:

The Building with Nature standard provides a great opportunity for developers to demonstrate how they will deliver green infrastructure through good design.  This approach to landscape design is at the heart of my work and reflects my aspirations as a landscape architect. Becoming a Building with Nature assessor means I now have a toolkit to help clients deliver and demonstrate their willingness to provide multifunctional and well-designed spaces for people and nature.

As well as bringing another level of expertise to our landscape and ecology consultancy offering, Richard’s new status comes as a commitment to good green infrastructure which is now a key driver in applying for planning permission following the government’s recent decision to scale up its green targets with a new Ten Point Plan for Net Zero.

As a company, we are particularly proud of Richard’s achievement at a time when Biodiversity Net Gain is anticipated to become mandatory for all new development on the back of the current Environment Bill.

As it becomes ever more important to consider the needs of people and wildlife in relation to landscape design, we will be delighted to support you in your aim to successfully incorporate good green infrastructure in your next development project.

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