CENTENARY WOODLAND

LANGLEY VALE, EPSOM

FOR THE WOODLAND TRUST

To co-ordinate and manage the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Centenary Woodland to commemorate the First World War in England.

 

What we did

  • Prepared the Scoping Report to accompany a joint hybrid application for the creation of a car park, entrance, hard surfaced and multi-user paths (full application), visitors’ centre and memorial area (outline application). The proposals within the planning application site form part of wider future proposals to plant 200,000 trees to form a Centenary Wood to commemorate the First World War
  • Identified the key environmental issues associated with the project through considering all potential significant impacts to the ‘Planning Area’, a 259 hectare (ha) site encompassing the 80.25ha planning application site
  • Prepared EIA Scoping Report, and negotiated/agreed scope of EIA with Local Planning Authority and its statutory consultees.
  • Engaged with the local community and key stakeholders to identify environmental issues to be incorporated into the scope of the EIA
  • Managed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the scheme
  • Co-ordinated, advised and worked closely with the client, design and technical team to ensure the EIA process was integral to the development of the proposals, clearly defining the key parameters against which the assessment was based.

 


Result

  • The EIA process as an integral part of the project’s development, allowed likely significant environmental effects to be identified to the project team at the earliest opportunity, which resulted in many being avoided or minimised, with the consequence of avoiding expensive mitigation, saving the client and the project money.

 

200k

new trees to be planted

 

The Woodland Trust2

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