The concept of Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) has gained increasing traction in the past couple of years as more people acknowledge the wide-ranging benefits that nature provides society. Most notably, the idea was included in the 25 Year Environment Plan and embedded within NPPF 2.0 last summer; moves that spell a likely sea change in attitude which will influence emerging policy. Reflecting this trend, Government launched their consultation … more


The second edition of Engage has now launched! In this issue we focus on the continued rise of social value and its importance in our industry today. We look at what social value means to different people and dig deeper into how measurement and demonstration of additionality will define success in the future.

We are really excited about our first edition of Engage which is being launched today. This is the first in a series of thought leadership pieces around the future of sustainability. In this issue we present the insights given to us by industry leaders in the built environment about how sustainability has changed, what the barriers have been, and what the future for it holds.    

Last week was Green Sky Thinking Week 2018, an annual event organised by Open City to spread best practice for sustainability in the built environment. This year’s theme was ‘People First’, with a task of exploring sustainable design from the human perspective.  This seemed a great opportunity to talk about Clapham Park, a major regeneration project that has been designed with people in mind. From the outset of the Clapham … more

Achieving BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ with a Post Construction score of 87.69%, Tolworth Premier Inn is now the second highest BREEAM certified hotel, following Greengage’s earlier success with St Martin’s Lane hub by Premier Inn Hotel. To reach this score, consideration had to be given to every aspect of sustainable design from the early design stage. Greengage acted as sustainability consultants and BREEAM assessors, from pre-planning through to post construction. … more

The draft London Plan and Environment Strategy both contain big ambitions for the capital. Morgan Taylor scrutinises the proposals. The draft London Plan was published by the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan last November. It aims to build on the progressive policies set out in the Greater London Authority (GLA) draft London Environment Strategy from August, putting into practice the environmental commitments made by the mayor in his election … more


Late on Wednesday evening last week at Lambeth Town Hall, planning permission was granted for Metropolitan to undertake the £1.6bn redevelopment of Clapham Park in South London. Greengage are incredibly proud to have been instrumental in this process, having managed the Environmental Impact Assessment, Energy Strategy, Sustainability, Ecology and Arboricultural work for the scheme. This was the largest ever full detailed planning application submitted, requiring the coordination of … more

Last November saw the relatively low key release of the Mayor’s draft New London Plan. This document provides a proposed update to the existing 2016 London Plan introduced by Sadiq Khan’s predecessor. Hidden amongst the headline grabbing air quality measures and 400 pages of dense policy documentation are nine policies relating to ‘Green Infrastructure and the Natural Environment’. These policies distil the high level environmental principles set out within … more


With spring creeping up on us, the ecology survey season soon begins again. Have a look at our Ecology Survey Timetable to let you know when’s best to start surveying at your site. Click Here for Greengage’s Ecology Survey Calendar

Having worked on pre-planning surveys and condition discharge reporting we commenced our first year of ecological monitoring across the Masterplan site, including the newly opened central park. We … more

People have become worryingly disconnected from the natural world. Our green spaces and wildlife are often away from where we live and work; nature has become a novelty. As policy and best practice begin to encourage engagement with all things wild, it’s time to adapt the way we design and manage urban spaces. A good place to start is by looking up… A peregrine falcon rises on the … more

Our Principal Ecologist Morgan Taylor was pleased to take part in the Technical University of Munich’s Animal Aided Design (AAD) research workshop this September. This workshop aimed to … more

Greengage provided wide ranging environmental advice, project management and ecological survey support for this brownfield site in the idyllic town of Rye. Our ecology team undertook surveys for … more

Greengage undertook a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal and detailed Bat Scoping Survey of Fulham Palace. Set amongst historic grounds on the north bank of the Thames in west London … more

Netherhall Gardens

Netherhall Gardens is a residential property near Finchley Road underground station, for which planning permission was sought for redevelopment of the site. An objection was raised by neighbours … more


With almost 20 years in the industry, Mike is an experienced Environmental Consultant with a track record of delivering pragmatic and innovative environmental solutions to clients.

Before joining Greengage, Mike sat on the Operating Board of one of the UK’s leading ecology specialists where he led the Commercial team. Prior to this, Mike led a team of 50+ ecologists providing project management and high level technical input to major development projects.

Mike is married with two children and enjoys football, walking and jumping off cliffs in to the sea (safely)!


BSc (Hons) Environmental Biology, CEnv, MCIEEM, NE GCN licence holder, NE and NRW Dormouse licence holder

I enjoy meeting clients, understanding their problems and working with them and their team to deliver a solution that is project specific, pragmatic and sustainable.


With a wide ranging environmental consultancy background, James has over 5 years’ experience working as a climbing arborist and arboricultural consultant. This experience has allowed James to develop the technical knowledge required to successfully deliver detailed arboricultural reports for a wide range of clients in both the planning and health and safety areas of arboriculture.

When not looking at or climbing trees, James enjoys mountain biking and generally keeping fit.



BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, Associate Member of the Arboricultural Association.

Getting the chance to work with clients in the early stages of projects provides rewarding opportunities to retain trees and integrate them into the design.

Greengage is a Housing Design Award Winner with Adam Khan Architects and others for Tower Court, Hackney. Tower Court is at the head of Clapton Common, amongst a busy and culturally diverse residential neighbourhood.  A model for higher-density urban family living, the client’s brief called for particular attention to be paid to the needs of returning residents and the housing requirements of the Orthodox Jewish community. The scheme … more

It has been another busy year for our ecology team. After a mild winter and a rainy May the ecology survey season is now in full swing, with the British summer finally upon us. This year, as always, we have been working on a wide range of projects that have taken us the length and breadth of the UK. In April we were pleased to welcome two new … more


Natural England’s four new policies herald the biggest overhaul in wildlife licencing in years. The aims are to benefit both European Protected Species (EPS) and developers by prioritising habitat creation at a landscape scale over mitigation at a site level, and enabling developments to proceed without seasonal delays and with significant cost savings. To slipstream these policies, Natural England is trialling a system of district licencing, which would … more