Whilst at Eversheds I was instructed by Salisbury District Council to review the Environmental Statement and associated documentation in relation to demolition of a large listed Victorian extension to the Council's offices at Bourne Hill, which is a Grade II* listed 18th century building.
The demolition was to make way for a well-designed modern replacement extension. The capital cost of the project was in excess of £20m and the extension provided substantially improved civic office space.
As well as affecting the listed buildings, the site was also sensitive because it was located within a conservation area and a Grade II Registered Garden and was close to the historic remains of the 13th century St Edmund's College and the earthwork remains of Salisbury City Ramparts constructed in the period 1300 - 1440 (a Scheduled Ancient Monument).
The project was led by architects Stanton Williams and by the Landmark Practice of Bristol, an environmental consultancy with specialist planning expertise who recommended my appointment after we had acted on other EIA scheme. My role was to provide specialist legal advice and assistance in relation to the initial planning application and consents, as well as in relation to a subsequent amendment to the permission and consents for this application.
In the EIA review evaluated the application was rated Good/Excellent by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).
Without a shadow of doubt Paul is the most thorough reviewer of Environmental Statements we have come across. He wastes no time in understanding fully the complexities of the project - whatever the subject - and is meticulous in his examination of the documents including the often forgotten appendages. Moreover he is efficient with his time and such a delight to work with. We always encourage our clients to engage his services wherever possible.
Nick Roberts, Managing Director, the Landmark Practice