We use our expertise to help our clients deliver viable developments which satisfy the many competing demands placed on them through the planning system

Environmental Planning and Assessment

Every day, we help major developers get their projects through the planning system as smoothly as possible. We keep their projects on track by assessing, advising on and planning for environmental issues from inception through to operation. We liaise seamlessly with your teams and with local authorities and regulators, minimising costs and delays over the lifetime of projects.

And when we need specialist advice – on anything from newts to archaeological deposits – we call on our extensive network of expert consultants to keep your project moving.

We offer a number of different environmental project management and co-ordination services to clients from a broad range of sectors.

Overview of our services

Our in-house team has a strong track record of helping to deliver planning consents for complex sites and developments requiring Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). We offer a complete, efficient and expert service that time after time protects our clients from unnecessary cost and delay, and allows authorities to make quick, well-informed decisions.

Even when a project doesn’t require EIA, we can help to draft documentation and manage and review the work of technical consultants as part of the planning application. This can cover areas including population and socio-economics, ecology and biodiversity, geoenvironmental, flood risk, archaeology and built heritage, transport, noise and vibration, air quality and odour, landscape, townscape and visual effects – as well as sunlight, daylight, overshadowing and wind.

We also provide these services:

  • Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)
  • Sustainability Appraisal (SA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA)
  • Marine licensing
  • Reviewing and discharging planning conditions
  • Construction and post-construction environmental management and monitoring
  • Socio-economic impact assessment
  • Health impact assessment

Our experience


We work predominantly with private developers – but also with public sector organisations and charities. Our clients include:

  • Anderson Group
  • Aviva Investors
  • Ballymore Group
  • Barratt London  
  • British Land
  • Catalyst Housing Group
  • CBRE Global Investors
  • Crown Estate 
  • General Motors
  • John Lewis
  • Land Securities
  • London Borough of Camden
  • London Borough of Lambeth
  • Londonewcastle
  • Mouchel Babcock Education Services 
  • Peabody Trust
  • Premier Marinas  
  • Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Track records

Peabody Trust
Abbey Wood & South Thamesmead, London Borough of Bexley

EIA management and coordination for redevelopment of existing estate for up to for up to 1,622 residential units and 11,191sqm of non-residential floorspace, including a new library, gym and medical centre, as well as a mix of office, commercial, leisure and community floorspace, improved public realm and new site accesses.

General Motors
Chaul End Vehicle Storage Centre, Luton

EIA management and coordination for redevelopment of the underutilised vehicle storage centre in the Green Belt for up to 325 residential units and community facilities.

Anderson Group
Erith Quarry, London

EIA management and coordination for redevelopment of a former quarry and landfill site for up to 600 residential units, a three form entry primary school and complementary commercial floor space.

Premier Marinas
Falmouth Marina, Falmouth, Cornwall

EIA screening and management and coordination of marine licence application for removal of disused fuel line and c. 35,000cbm of dredge to create 24 hour tidal access for all existing berths, as well as additional berths.

Premier Marinas
Noss Marina, Dartmouth

EIA management and coordination for redevelopment of existing marina for new boatyard, hoist dock, river wall, c. 250 berth marina, commercial floorspace, 5* hotel and up to 150 residential units.

Calthorpe Estates/U+I
New Garden Square, Birmingham

EIA management and coordination for redevelopment of site for up to 56,500 sqm of office floorspace, up to 400 PRS apartments and ground floor leisure/food and beverage uses, focussed around a major new central Garden Square.


  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Retail
  • Marine
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare
  • Leisure

Recent news

CBRE UK achieves external accreditation for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) services

CBRE UK are the latest registrants on the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment’s EIA Quality Mark scheme.

The EIA Quality Mark scheme provides independent accreditation of our EIA services and demonstrates our commitment to effective EIA practice.

We have a strong track record of assisting clients secure planning consent for large-scale development projects.


Related services

Sustainable Engineering
Environmental Consultancy



“We understand how environmental issues relate to many moving parts of the project. It means we can identify opportunities to reduce costs and delays.”

Tom Wells, Director


Tom Wells


Tom Wells

T: +44 20 7182 2175

Patrick Little

Senior Environmental Consultant

Patrick Little

T: +44 207182 3313

Georgina Dowling

Associate Director

Georgina Dowling

T: +44 20718 x23247

Amy Cook

Environmental Consultant

Amy Cook

T: +44 20 7182 3183