Green Balance

NameGreen Balance


We provide a personal service to clients, aiming to be prompt, reliable and responsive to detailed requirements. Richard Bate, the senior partner, has been a Planning Advisor to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee and its predecessors in the House of Commons since 1998. 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.

Legal: Public Inquiries

Local & Strategic Planning: Local Plans

Countryside & Environment: AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

Conservation: Conservation Areas

Conservation: Historic Towns / Sites

Conservation: Listed Buildings

Conservation: Rural Conservation

Conservation: Urban Conservation

Conservation: World Heritage Sites

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Impact Assessments

Countryside & Environment: Strategic Environmental Appraisals

Countryside & Environment: Environmental Statements

Countryside & Environment: National Parks

Countryside & Environment: Rights of Way

Countryside & Environment: Wind Farms

Neighbourhood & Community Planning: Village Design Statements

Housing: Affordable Housing

Housing: Appeals

Housing: Housing Needs Studies

Housing: Objections

Housing: Residential Developments

Housing: Social Housing

Industrial: Minerals / Aggregates / Extraction

Industrial: Mining

Industrial: Oil & Gas

Legal: Advocacy

Legal: Appeals

Legal: Covenants

Negotiation & Dispute Resolution: Expert Witness

Local & Strategic Planning: Development Plan Representation

Local & Strategic Planning: EIP (Examination in Public)

Local & Strategic Planning: Greenbelt

Local & Strategic Planning: Minerals Local Plans

Local & Strategic Planning: Sub-regional Planning

Research: Land Availabiltiy Studies

Research: Research / Surveys

Minerals & Waste: Mineral Local Plans

Minerals & Waste: Minerals/Aggregates Extraction

Minerals & Waste: Quarries

Minerals & Waste: Mining

Minerals & Waste: Coal Mining

Minerals & Waste: Oil & Gas Exploration

Enforcement: Appeals

Local & Strategic Planning: Core Strategies

Research: Local and Strategic Housing Market Assessments

Research: Housing Needs Assessments

Countryside & Environment: Green Belt

Housing: Local and Strategic Housing Market Assessments

Research: Environmental Impact Assessment

Local & Strategic Planning: Duty to Cooperate

Local & Strategic Planning: Sustainability Appraisal