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In this Sustainability Delivery Group Expert Talk, we will provide an update on the latest announcements from the Government on mandatory BNG. This is expected to coincide with the introduction of mandatory BNG for Town and County Planning Applications and to have been preceded by secondary legislation and written guidance on a host of topics.
To illustrate how the evolution of mandatory BNG is influencing the environmental design on major projects, Sally will be joined by colleagues Matt Hobbs and Nicholas Westerman who will showcase a number of case studies where project design and outcomes are being shaped by the need to deliver net gain and in doing so can contribute to nature recovery.
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Matt Hobbs Matt is an Associate Director of ecology for Jacobs with 16 years professional experience. Matt’s specialist areas include habitat design, bat survey methods, ornithology, renewable energy and Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA). He has experience working with a wide range of clients, from private individuals to local authorities, government agencies, and nationally important infrastructure projects. He has spent the last six years working as part of an integrated ecology and landscape design team within Align, the Main Works contractor for the Colne Valley Viaduct and Chiltern Tunnel section of HS2 Phase 1. Matt has led the ecology design that is delivering a 10 % gain in biodiversity units across the section with the Colne Valley Western Slopes project, HS2’s largest habitat creation area, providing a large part of that.
Nick is Associate Director of Ecology and is the Terrestrial Biodiversity Net Gain Specialist at Jacobs UK. In recent years, Nick has assessed BNG applications on behalf of local planning authorities and National Highways. The constructive feedback Nick has provided as part of these reviews has help improve the standard of BNG applications. He has also developed BNG strategies and plans for the water and rail companies. He has used his experience as BNG assessor to help improve BNG deliverables across each design stage. Nick has been driving the BNG approach to help deliver significant environmental benefits on various developments.
Dr Sally Fraser CEnv, MCIEEM Sally is Senior Associate Director of Ecology and is the Biodiversity Net Gain Lead at Jacobs UK. Since joining Jacobs Sally has followed a technical career path, developing a deep technical knowledge in ecological assessment. Currently Sally’s main focus is on supporting clients to address their challenges on delivering BNG, both at a project and corporate level. Sally’s current roles include providing direct technical support to the National Highways Biodiversity KPI Team, through a specialist and technical services framework, and leading on the BNG delivery for several major projects. Sally’s role also extends to driving forwards Jacobs own in-house skills and knowledge base in this emerging and evolving stream of work, including developing deeper integration between technical disciplines, as well as being a member of the CIEEM Training Team for the Biodiversity Metric.
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