Based in the Leeds office, Dale has many years of experience in the provision of environmental planning and consultancy services to the development industry across a wide range of sectors, including for residential, commercial, leisure, agricultural and energy developments.
Dale specialises in the coordination of multi-disciplinary Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) projects, including EIA Screening, Scoping and the compilation of Environmental Statements. He is an affiliate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and operates under the EIA Quality Mark, a scheme operated by IEMA which allows consultancies that lead the co-ordination of EIAs to make a commitment to excellence in their EIA activities and are independently reviewed.
He has a sound working knowledge of all relevant environmental planning legislation and has excellent knowledge of survey, appraisal and evaluation techniques. Dale is particularly proficient with respect to Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) matters, where he is regularly involved with the preparation of assessment work and evidence for Public Inquiry.
Dale also has wide experience with consultation exercises, including the organisation and preparation of the display material for a number of well attended public and stakeholder exhibition events.
In the renewable energy industry, Dale has acted as project manager for the EIAs for wind, biomass, solar and anaerobic digestion developments across the UK. However, his wider experience includes the coordination of EIAs in relation to agricultural industry developments, leisure parks, colliery remediation, and mixed housing and commercial sites. Consequently he has a sound understanding of all relevant guidance and emerging best practice for the assessment of a diverse range of projects and development types.
His involvement in many developments has included a role in the iterative design process, where baseline assessments have been used to refine the layout and design of schemes in order to seek to minimise environmental impacts whilst ensuring commercial and economic viability.