LDA Design appoints new head of planning

LDA Design aims to grow its planning offering with the appointment of Alex Herbert as the new head of planning.

Alex Herbert. Image: LDA Design
Alex Herbert. Image: LDA Design

Herbert, who was previously head of consents for Tidal Lagoon Power and worked with LDA Design on the pioneering Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, will focus on infrastructure, energy, major mixed-use development and regeneration.

Herbert also worked as major permissions strategy advisor for Horizon Nuclear Power on the Wylfa Newydd Development Consent Order (DCO) and led the planning team at Low Carbon Group, consenting over 100MW of solar PV, including a third of the UK’s large-scale solar capacity at that time and Britain’s first 5MW solar farm.

He is a chartered town planner and member of the National Infrastructure Planning Association council. He has also worked in local government and on major masterplanning and infrastructure projects, most notably Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island and the Heart of Doha masterplan.

He said, "It feels great to be joining LDA Design at such an exciting time in the organisation’s history, as it celebrates 40 years of making great places and as it moves towards Employee Ownership. LDA Design has an incredibly experienced and growing planning team and I’m hoping to draw on my experience in major projects to further expand the team’s reach."

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