Services / Strategic Environmental Planning

Services Strategic Environmental Planning

Harnessing the diverse range of skills and expertise across LDA Design enables us to build up a deep understanding of the drivers of long-term change in the environment. We apply this to help our clients and communities to make informed decisions about what this means for the landscape, the built environment and infrastructure, and where to invest to achieve the maximum benefit.

We are leaders in assessing and planning for urban and rural environments as well as coastal and marine areas. We can help you to identify the issues, engage with stakeholders, develop a vision and take a robust proposition for change and development through the planning, design and delivery process to implementation on the ground.

The specialist services we provide include:

  • Evidence base studies and policy advice
  • Mapping and assessment of opportunities and risks
  • Strategic Landscape, Townscape and Seascape Character Assessment
  • Designated landscape and Green Belt studies
  • Feasibility and viability studies
  • Strategy development
  • Investment planning and delivery advice
  • Green Infrastructure planning and design
  • Guidance, training and communications

Key Contacts

Paul Connelly

Paul is a town planner with over 20 years’ professional experience. He leads LDA Design’s Planning team and is responsible for developing and delivering the company’s comprehensive Planning Offer. Paul is a highly regarded leader of complex development projects and his positive approach to planning and plan making has delivered strategies, consents and built schemes, often in sensitive environmental contexts, across a range of sectors including public and private regeneration, new communities, ports infrastructure and renewable energy.

Ian Houlston

Ian is a multi-award winning landscape architect and archaeologist with specialist expertise in the contextual design of large and complex development projects in sensitive locations and assessment, planning and strategy making at the strategic scale.

He has experience of Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, Landscape and Seascape Character Assessment, Green Infrastructure planning and Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment and combines technical rigour with creativity and has the skills needed to communicate complex ideas in a simple and engaging way.

Strategic Environmental Planning projects

Tredegar House and Park

Fresh Aire

Swansea Tidal Lagoon


Mixed Use Development, Chivenor Cross, North Devon

Land West of Woodside Way, Great Dunmow

Denny St Francis

Welborne: a new settlement defined by the South Hampshire landscape

Urban Renaissance Yorkshire

Regenerating Coastal Towns


Growing Swindon

Gateway Peterborough

Exeter Science Park

University of Cambridge New Museums Site

Advising On Strategic Regional Growth

climate change for members and senior officers

Climate Change Skills Fund Training

An Approach to Seascape Character Assessment

Strategic Environmental & Economic Investment Plan For Oxfordshire

Forest Of Dean Landscape Supplementary Planning Document

Exeter and East Devon Green Infrastructure Strategy

Delivering Adaptation through Planning & Infrastructure Investment

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley

Climate Change Risk & Adaptation Study For Central Bedfordshire

Steeple Bumpstead


Sizewell C and Hinkley Point C

Poortown Quarry

Isle of Man Feasibility Study

Grid Substation


Cambs Minerals and Waste plan

Bramford to Twinstead

South Kyle Wind Farm

LDA Design Meridian Water

Meridian Water

Great Fen New government guidance on green infrastructure

Masterplan for the Great Fen: Re-Imagining a Fenland Landscape

Dorset Coast Landscape and Seascape Character Assessment

Dorset Coast Landscape and Seascape Character Assessment

Cotswolds AONB

Cotswolds AONB Landscape Character Assessment & Landscape Strategy

North East Lincolnshire

Environmental Infrastructure Investment for North East Lincolnshire

Oakham North

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for Oakham North

Lower Ouse Valley

Climate Change Vision and Action Plan for the Lower Ouse Valley

Leeds City Region

Leeds City Region Green Infrastructure Strategy

Center Parcs

Cliveden Village

Energy, Sustainability & Infrastructure Delivery for Whitehill & Bordon

Rookery South RFF

Rookery South RRF

Vegetation Management Strategy

Network Rail National Lineside Vegetation Management Strategy