Toby Gibbs leads a 200+ strong multi-consultancy team tasked with undertaking the environmental work associated with the project, including the production of Environmental Impact Assessment materials.He is an integral member of the Integrated Design Team, ensuring that environmental requirements and commitments are embedded in the evolving design. In doing this he has led the establishment of the ‘environmental masterplan’ for the scheme, which specifies measures related to biodiversity, water, historic environment, noise, air quality, carbon and more.
A key focus of this environmental design has been the development of a green infrastructure strategy. This strategy, which was initially led by Polly Neal of Logika, is primarily driven by the requirements of the planning policy framework, especially the Airports National Policy Statement . It includes mitigation for impacts on European Protected Species, biodiversity, rivers and flooding, landscape and visual amenity, public open space, Public Rights of Way, historic assets, agricultural land and geodiversity. The strategy proposes extensive local landscape enhancements to create new parkland with recreational and sports facilities; a rich tapestry of new and improved habitats with public access; and a ‘green loop’, providing enhanced connectivity for people and wildlife around the airport, linking with a wider network of enhanced routes.
The strategy has been developed closely with the client, the design team, EIA technical specialists, planners and numerous stakeholders and was presented in a major public consultation.
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