The major 95-hectare Three Elms regeneration scheme includes up to 1,200 residential units, up to 10 hectares of employment development, a neighbourhood centre and community facilities, a new primary school, two ‘park and choose’ interchanges, open spaces and highway improvements. The planning application associated with the scheme also included a ‘reserved’ corridor of land to enable the future implementation of a section of the Hereford Relief Road, the route of which transects the site.
Our environmental team was initially appointed to undertake an EIA for the scheme to support the planning application. We were subsequently instructed to undertake the landscape and visual impact assessment, the agricultural land assessment and to prepare the Environmental Statement (ES) chapters for these topics.
Our EIA team were responsible for coordinating the preparation of the ES, including drafting the introductory chapters, the cumulative assessment chapter and the non-technical summary, reviewing the technical chapters and appendices, and collating the ES documentation.
We worked closely with the planners, design team and wider EIA team to ensure that baseline information and preliminary assessment findings were incorporated into the design. We also assisted with the public engagement process, helping to draft consultation material and attending two consultation events during the masterplanning process.
Client: Church Commissioners for England