What we do

MBELC prepares landscape assessments and proposals for projects at all stages in the planning system and specialises in providing landscape evidence at Public Inquiries.  

Landscape is often a key factor in the acceptability of development and the practice is experienced in preparing robust evidence that demonstrates a thorough understanding of a site and the local landscape character.  Proposals that respond to and enhance the existing sense of place have a greater chance of success in the planning system.  Our work for local planning authorities has often identified where proposals have not been contextually sympathetic.

MBELC operate throughout the UK and have also been involved in inquiries in Scotland and Wales.  The practice works in a range of sectors - including residential development, renewable energy and transportation - and has a diverse client base that includes large landowners, many local planning authorities, and charities such as the National Trust.  

A defining feature of the work prepared by MBELC is the use of clear English and the avoidance of unnecessary jargon, combined with clear and convincing graphical presentation.

More information can be found on Our Services page.

Michelle Bolger

Michelle is an experienced landscape planner with a reputation as an outstanding expert witness. She brings a clarity to the landscape assessment of new development that is valued by clients and by planning inspectors.

Michelle has been consistently praised for her understanding of the landscape and landscape planning policy; her LVIAs and proofs of evidence tell a convincing story. When giving evidence at public inquiries, Michelle successfully conveys complex ideas, inspires confidence and excels under pressure.


- Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute
- Dip. LA (Diploma in Landscape Architecture): Greenwich University, 1999
- BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture: Greenwich University, 1997
- PGCE: London University, 1981
- BA (Hons) English: Durham University, 1980

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John Jeffcock

John is an experienced Landscape Architect who specialises in landscape planning and assessment. He has a broad knowledge of rural land management practices and the natural processes which shape our landscapes. He recognises the importance of understanding the full range of values of any given site or setting.

John is proficient in preparing landscape and visual impact assessments and in utilising other contextual landscape planning tools such as landscape character and sensitivity assessment. His project experience spans a range of scales: from motorways and power stations to residential developments in both urban and rural settings. This has included overseas experience in China and New Zealand.


- Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI).

- Registered Landscape Architect of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects.

- MLA Landscape Architecture: The University of Sheffield, 2010.

- BA Landscape Architecture with Planning: The University of Sheffield, 2008.

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