We are an independent planning and environmental consultancy successfully delivering a wide range of planning solutions to clients across the UK.
We have a strong client focus and place emphasis on adding value, innovation, professionalism to achieve positive planning outcomes; meeting both budgets and timescales.
With our comprehensive understanding of planning policy and procedures, and by taking a multidisciplinary approach, our clients always receive the right mix of skills and experience to provide creative solutions for even the most complex projects.
Our wide range of services include:
Site Appraisal and Assessment
Our approach to site assessment combines technical rigour with creativity and extensive experience. By undertaking comprehensive appraisals early in the project life, we are more able assess opportunities and minimise potential risk that will help maximise development returns.
- Site Search & Selection
- Feasibility Studies & Development Appraisals
- Land Negotiation & Acquisition
- Planning Due Diligence
- Indicative Layouts
Planning Applications and Appeals
Our highly experienced team, including members with a Local Authority background, is fully conversant with the latest market, policy, legislative and case law developments that provide our clients with the very best practical and commercial pre- and post-application advice in order to reach a successful outcome.
- Pre-application Advice
- Planning Application Submissions
- Preparing All Application Documentation Including Heritage
- Delivering Discharge of Conditions
- Planning Appeals/Inquiries & Hearings
- Expert Witness at Local Plan Examinations
Key stakeholders are more likely to support the development if they consulted early on in the process. Enzygo has sound experience and success in devising, arranging and managing stakeholder and public consultation programmes that builds trust through genuine, and tailored, engagement.
- Design of Consultation Strategy
- Prepare Engagement Activity & Collateral
- Consultation Reports & Issue Resolution
- Liaison & Dialogue with Objectors & Local Politicians
- Statements of Community Involvement
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Co-ordination
Using our broad range of technical services, and by liaising early on with relevant authorities, we can identify key issues and incorporate mitigation measures that will reduce the overall environmental impact and lead to successful planning applications.
- EIA Screening Opinions & Scoping Reports
- Negotiation to Scope Realistic EIA Requirements
- Environmental Statements
Planning Policy and Research
We make regular representations, on behalf of our clients, to secure amendments to planning policy and promote the allocation of sites for development. We also provide a site appraisal service, which identifies potential viable land use options as a consequence of adopted or emerging planning policy.
- Local Plan Representations & Research
- Economic & Planning Research
- PWMS & Ecological Clerk Works
Burial Needs Assessments
Enzygo provides burial needs assessments for local authorities to establish evidence and advise on planning policies and site allocations for emerging Local Development Plans. The studies also explore aspects of burial and religious cultures, the role cemeteries play in terms of green space and ecological benefits of such facilities. Enzygo also has experienced Hydrology, Geo-environmental, Landscape and Ecology teams which can provide greater study of site suitability for new burial facilities.
Burial Needs Assessments can be tailored to each local authority requirements by:
- Establishing how local burial resources are utilised by different faith groups and to understand the local funeral market.
- Providing a clear supply and demand requirement
- Consulting with local community and faith groups on the need for cemetery and cremation spaces.
- Identify preferred solutions based on a menu of approaches to intensify use, extend or provide new cemeteries.
- Recommend mechanisms to identify potential use of Council-owned sites.
- Review information on site suitability.
- Policy recommendations.
Many local authorities are running out of burial space. Whilst long term trends continue to ensure over 75 per cent of the dead are cremated, population growth and growth of religions requiring burial, means that the demand for cemetery space within the UK is maintained.
The planning system needs to ensure there is sufficient available land supply within each Local Authority for them to fulfil their duty as burials authorities. Whilst the importance of providing enough burial land and cemetery plots is abundantly clear, it is often overlooked and neglected in planning terms and often reviewed once in a generation.
Enzygo has recent experience in preparing burial needs assessments which are used to provide evidence for planning polices and site allocations for emerging Local Development Plans. These include studies for Harborough District Council (award-winning study), Northampton Borough Council and London Borough of Enfield Council and we are currently preparing a new Burial Needs Assessment for another Local Authority.
Local Authority areas vary considerably in terms of their population size, demographics (such as religious population percentage, age cohorts), spatial area and the environmental constraints for both existing and potential new burial sites. Through the previous studies, Enzygo have established a successful methodological approach whilst considering the needs and requirements for each Local Authority.
Harborough District Council (2017)
This study was undertaken to provide a District-wide burial strategy to inform the Council’s Local Development Framework and Local Plan. The purpose of the study was to provide evidence to inform future planning policies and site allocations, relevant to burial land needs and provision, and established mechanisms to secure new cemetery provision. The study also considered the requirement for land for cremation ashes, and informed policies relevant to this. Enzygo won the Planning Magazine National Planning Award for best local plan research project for this work.
Northampton Borough Burial Space Need and Provision Study (2018)
Like many Councils, NBC are facing challenges ensuring they have sufficient and appropriate spaces within the Borough’s boundary for burials and the interment of ashes.
NBC recognised the need to understand existing burial capacity within their boundary and establish how much capacity will be required within and beyond their Plan period. The study established the overall burial and cremation plots required over the Plan and identified preferred option(s) and recommendations as to how the required capacity could be met in spatial and planning terms, whilst considering the environmental constraints for both the existing cemeteries and possible new sites.
Enfield Burial Needs Assessment (2020)
Enzygo were commissioned to provide a burial needs assessment for a large and complex multi-ethnic London Borough. The study considered the need for burial and cremation for all religious groupings and was undertaken in the context of the re-use of graves in the borough and significant future housing development expectations; these were considerable factors when conducting this investigation to inform the local plan.