Forestry and Land Scotland

We are delighted to have carried out initial consultation with FLS on 22nd April. We are exploring opportunities with it, whereby we can share good practice, develop training material for affiliate grades, and bring together other key agencies. We are planning a second meeting with FLS in the summer to tie in with the broader consultation

Legal Review

We instructed Freeths LLP to provide legal advice on appointment terms and conditions of EnCoW contracts; and our proposed planning condition. We will share outputs with our Working Groups (to feed into the consultation) and also with our members. This includes two outputs: a validity test of our proposed planning condition which we are seeking

CIEEM & AECoW Consultation Update

We are delighted to announce that we had a positive and productive meeting with CIEEM on 31st March. We are aiming to identify opportunities to collaborate, and support each other, as we continue to define, and develop, the role of an EnCoW whilst they devlop their accredited EcCoW course. We are reviewing it’s unit structure

Stakeholder Consultation Success!

AECoW is delighted to provide an update on its consultation meeting which was held on Tuesday 8th December and chaired by Heads of Planning Scotland (HoPS). Stakeholders who attended were the Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit, several local councils / planning authorities, Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers, the HoPS Development Sub-committee, NatureScot and SEPA.

Members’ Group

AECoW is aware that the ECoW experience can often be isolating and we know from feedback that our members seek opportunities to meet/communicate with other ECoWs.  As part of addressing this we are aiming to develop, and support, local networks of member groups. We are delighted to announce that a group for our north-east England

Heads of Planning Scotland (HoPS)

In September, AECOW presented to the Climate Change, Energy and Resources sub-committee of HoPS, an assessment of planning conditions with reference to ECoWs, and how the wording of planning conditions inhibit effective delivery of the role. This led to AECoW being invited to participate in a working group led by the Energy Consents Unit with an

IEMA – AECOW Working Group

This focuses on the post consent and construction phase of developments. The scope of the group is to identify, and provide, solutions for a wide range of issues that impede basic environmental compliance. AECoW will be promoting the role of the ECoW and highlights how an ECoW can help shine a light on these issues