Baker Consultants

Ecology expert witness for planning appeal

Baker Consultants Helps Gladman To Planning Appeal Success


Gladman Developments Ltd has won a planning appeal inquiry for a residential development at Coalville, Leicestershire. The development of 180 new homes was initially refused by North West Leicestershire District Council in November 2014 and was subsequently examined at a public inquiry a year later. Baker Consultants provided Gladman with ecological advice throughout the planning process, carrying out comprehensive surveys and negotiating with the Local Planning Authority.

The Challenge

Prior to the inquiry, Baker Consultants gained agreement with the local authority ecologist that any ecological impacts could be fully mitigated, and wildlife issues were not, therefore, a reason for the initial planning refusal. Third parties, however, maintained ecological objections and Baker Consultants’ Managing Director, Andrew Baker, was called to give evidence to the inquiry.

To read more about Andrew’s experience of public inquiries and expert witness, click here.

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The outcome

About Baker Consultants

In addressing the ecological objections, the inspector stated in his report that “these matters were addressed comprehensively in the evidence of the Appellant [Gladman]”. For more information on Baker Consultants’ ecological services, visit our terrestrial ecology page.

Get in touch

We are very pleased to be part of Gladman’s inquiry team and contribute to the successful outcome of this project.

Andrew Baker

Managing Director, Baker Consultants