Alex Herbert set to head up firm’s planning team

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The man responsible for steering the now suspended Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant in north Wales through the planning process has been nabbed by LDA Design to head up its planning team.

Alex Herbert (pictured) joins LDA Design as the new head of planning to help the practice boost its planning offer in infrastructure, energy, major mixed-use development and regeneration.

Herbert was previously major permissions strategy advisor for Horizon Nuclear Power on the Wylfa Newydd development consent order (DCO) process, supporting the project through submission and examination.

He had also worked as head of consents for Tidal Lagoon Power, steering the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon through the DCO process, working closely with LDA Design who was the lead designer and masterplanner for the scheme.

This project has since been derailed by the government’s decision not to fund the project.

A chartered town planner, Herbert has also worked in local government and on major masterplanning and infrastructure projects, including Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island and the Heart of Doha masterplan.

In London, LDA Design has been working on UCL East and Stratford Waterfront in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, while the firm is also behind the most-recently approved plans to transform Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen. Balfour Beatty has been chosen to carry out the work.