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Green Balance

Partnership | www.greenbalance.co.uk

Providence Cottage
Upper Green Road
Shipbourne
Tonbridge
Kent
TN11 9PL

Telephone: 01732 811456
Fax: 01732 811456
Mobile: 
Contact: Richard Bate

Email: batertpi@greenbalance.co.uk

Website: www.greenbalance.co.uk

Tonbridge

Providence Cottage
Upper Green Road
Shipbourne
Tonbridge
Kent
TN11 9PL

Telephone: 01732 811456
Fax: 01732 811456
Mobile: 
Contact: Richard Bate

Email: batertpi@greenbalance.co.uk

Richard Bate MA MPhil MRTPI  [ E-mail ]

Richard Bate

Richard Bate established Green Balance in 1991 following seven years in each of local government (Hertfordshire County Council and the South East Regional Planning Conference) and the voluntary sector (chief planner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the National Housing and Town Planning Council). He has expertise across the range of the firm’s work and is the lead consultant on almost all contracts. Since 1998 he has been Planning Adviser to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and its predecessors in the House of Commons.

Conservation

Conservation Areas, Historic Towns / Sites, Listed Buildings, Rural Conservation, Urban Conservation, World Heritage Sites

Countryside & Environment

AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Statements, Green Belt, National Parks, Rights of Way, Strategic Environmental Appraisals, Wind Farms

Enforcement

Appeals

Housing

Affordable Housing, Appeals, Housing Needs Studies, Local and Strategic Housing Market Assessments, Objections, Residential Developments, Social Housing

Industrial

Minerals / Aggregates / Extraction, Mining, Oil & Gas

Legal

Advocacy, Appeals, Covenants, Public Inquiries

Local & Strategic Planning

Core Strategies, Development Plan Representation, Duty to Cooperate, EIP (Examination in Public), Greenbelt, Local Plans, Minerals Local Plans, Sub-regional Planning, Sustainability Appraisal

Minerals & Waste

Coal Mining, Mineral Local Plans, Minerals/Aggregates Extraction, Mining, Oil & Gas Exploration, Quarries

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution

Expert Witness

Neighbourhood & Community Planning

Village Design Statements

Research

Environmental Impact Assessment, Housing Needs Assessments, Land Availabiltiy Studies, Local and Strategic Housing Market Assessments, Research / Surveys

Consultancy Profile

Total Staff      2
Total Professional Staff      2
Chartered Town Planners      1

Green Balance is a planning and environment consultancy specialising in national and local planning policy and its practical application. Committed to benefiting the environment, we offer services from research for Government Departments and interest groups through to practical assistance for local organisations responding to draft plans and planning applications. Since 1991 we have been providing the evidence base for good policies and good decisions, high quality advice on courses of action, and skills in presentation and advocacy to maximise the likelihood of sound results.

We provide a personal service to clients, aiming to be prompt, reliable and responsive to detailed requirements. Richard Bate, the senior partner, has for 15 years been Planning Advisor to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and its predecessors in the House of Commons. We have been at the heart of many discussions on national planning policy.

We have particular expertise in housing, minerals, rural issues and heritage, together with a wide understanding of planning procedures and environmental issues. We are keen to make planning issues and practices accessible to everyone, through training, publications of many types and public speaking.

Our website describes our main areas of work and the ways we get involved. It includes numerous downloadable reports, presentations, published articles and assessments of draft Government policies. Case studies illustrate how we have helped clients achieve their objectives.

We carry out research, assist responses to consultations, and appear as expert witnesses and advocates at public inquiries and development plan examinations. We provide independent advice to decision makers and other clients, while offering additional campaigning advice and promotional services on request.