Russell Foster

Russell Foster

The plan was ambitious. Twenty new outdoor pitches, a changing pavilion, an outdoor store and car parking would give the Russell Foster Tyne & Wear Youth League much needed new space and facilities to train and develop their sporting skills. But there was a highly sensitive issue to resolve – the need to fell more than 1ha of trees.

We were asked to prepare an environmental impact assessment, and to submit it to the Forestry Commission as the regulatory authority. Working closely with project architects Anthony Watson, our work included assessments of landscape and open space, air quality, noise, ground conditions and hydrology. We co-ordinated sub-consultants for biodiversity and transport assessments. We prepared the planning application and the supporting statement.

With permission granted, we supervised the tree felling during the construction phase and helped to make sure that the Commission’s conditions were met – achieving a careful balance between safeguarding environmental protection and providing facilities for young people.