News & Views

Albino badger

A Rare Sighting

Some of our ecology team recently spotted this rare creature while undertaking monitoring work on a badger sett. There was some question we may have found an erythristic badger – much paler than the typical black and white badger, still with the same markings, but reddish-pink in colour.   However, our…

James Blake Associates moving to Bury St Edmunds

We’re Moving!

James Blake Associates Head Office will be moving from Lavenham to Bury St Edmunds this coming autumn, and we're also opening a new office in the heart of Cambridge. Both new beginnings spark exciting times ahead for the wider team.  Bury is an excellent location for our business in terms…

Great Yarmouth Marina

JBA Advise on Special Protection Area

East Anglia Group have secured resolution to grant for the proposed redevelopment of Great Yarmouth Marina. This new development will provide, amongst other things, residential dwellings, residential moorings, visitor moorings and one mooring specifically for the Broads Authority's use. James Blake Associates were appointed by East Anglia Group to provide…

Landscape design

Chelsea Inspiring JBA’s Landscapes

Just in case you saw the Chelsea coverage on TV recently, I was very impressed with the garden by Andy Sturgeon, which embraced a naturalistic planting style very much in vogue right now. It works well, containing a lot more herbaceous plant material than past fixation on all-year-round evergreens dominating…

Go-green House

A True Demonstration of ‘Going-Green’

These images are a real demonstration of the “Go-Green” message, and how JBA is going greener, faster, better and at a lower cost. JBA’s key point of difference is not just ‘Go-Green’ and not just ‘Value Innovation’ – it is the combining of these two great strengths, and this is…

JBA Landscape Masterplan Rackheath Norfolk

Application Success for New Dwellings in Norfolk

James Blake Associates provided landscape, ecology and arboricultural advice on a scheme which has just achieved Outline Planning Permission for approximately 205 dwellings from Broadland District Council, in the village of Rackheath. James Blake Associates carried out a Phase 1 Habitat Survey and protected species surveys as well as the…


Revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on the 19th of February 2019. There are few major changes to the text - the revisions focus on clarification of key points. The main changes are as follows: Footnote 37,…

James Blake Associates Planning Approval

Faversham, Bovis Homes, Plans Approved

James Blake Associates held considered, extensive communication with the Local Planning Authority to deliver a bio-diversely sensitive scheme, inclusive of native and locally appropriate wildflower areas, native tree species, and native hedges. The site includes a RNR (Roadside Nature Reserve) with mitigation planting to enhance the feature on the frontage. …

Plot Landscape offer

High Quality Landscape Plans from £7 Per Plot

Our in-house landscape software update means we can now save clients half the cost of producing a plot landscape scheme. Clients tell us that their key drivers include: Value: starting at just £7.00/plot for larger schemes. Quality: bespoke planting design for each plot, plus a cost estimate, ensuring the WOW…