Martin Herbert joins LDA Design as new Head of Planning. Martin will continue to grow the practice’s planning offer in masterplanning, major mixed-use development and regeneration, infrastructure and energy.
Martin has 40 years’ experience as a chartered town planner. He began his career with 10 years in local government before moving to the private sector, where he has worked on strategic-scale projects including garden communities, urban extensions, national strategic infrastructure projects and commercial/mixed-use new developments. He is experienced at growing planning teams and at integrating masterplanning, landscape design, environmental assessment and transport with planning consultancy.
Martin was previously Planning Director in London with WYG where his focus was on promoting land for development through the local plan process. He was strategic lead for the West of Braintree Garden Community. Martin has also worked on high-profile infrastructure schemes such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel and the Emirates Airline Cable Car.
Commenting on his appointment, Martin said: “LDA Design has a strong planning team who are bringing forward great sites such as Coypool in Plymouth with Homes England. I believe there are huge opportunities ahead for integrated planning, masterplanning and environmental services because of the growing emphasis from Government and demand from the public for the creation of well-designed, high-quality, and healthy places to live and work.”