Sara Metcalfe

Associate Director

Sara is a Chartered Landscape Architect and IEMA Registered EIA Practitioner, with over twenty years’ experience.

01225 876990
07793 627435 

Sara has a broad range of experience across the development sector providing strategic environmental advice and direction both to clients and project teams.


Sara has considerable experience in infrastructure development and specialises in managing multidisciplinary schemes, with particular experience in the areas of landscape and ecology. 

As well as having abroad understanding of the environmental aspects of development and Environmental Impact Assessment, Sara has developed expertise in Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment and the iterative design process. 

Sara manages the Company’s involvement in a number of Frameworks and is responsible for liaising with team members.

She has acted as expert witness at a number of planning inquiries.

Project Experience

Sara has been project director on a wide number of schemes, coordinating multidisciplinary teams and ensuring due regard is paid to environmental protection and design, particularly in sensitive and designated landscapes and in the rural context. She has been involved with the design and assessment of impacts at the site-specific, regional and strategic level and covering various types of development, ranging from residential to renewable energy schemes and transport routes to commercial development. 

Sara has worked extensively in the water industry, working with a number of water companies, including working on the Blashford Lakes Water Treatment and Supply Scheme, on the edge of the New Forest, for Wessex Water. This covered implementation of the Phase 1 scheme and helping achieve planning permission for Stage 2. She has also considerable experience of working with the Environment Agency, both directly and through their Environmental Frameworks. Sara has coordinated the Company’s input to a number of these Frameworks including the Water and Environmental Management Framework (WEM), Client Services Framework (CSF) and the Collaborative Delivery Framework (CDF) and works closely with associated major engineering firms.

Throughout her career, Sara has worked in the transport industry, particularly in the road sector.  She was a key part of the team which achieved planning permission for A303 Stonehenge improvement scheme, helping to develop the successful environmental design working for the lead engineering design consultants, Mott MacDonald, on behalf of the Highways Agency, as well as subsequently, the contractor team, Balfour Beatty and Halcrow and acting as client advisor. Sara has also worked on HS2 in various roles through engineering consultants Capita, Atkins and Black & Veatch, supporting on ecological surveys, and Environmental Impact Assessment.

Sara has worked on a broad range of projects in the energy industry, including the oil and gas industry, nuclear industry and renewable energy on windfarms, solar farms, and hydro-electric schemes. She worked on the Wytch Farm Oilfield Development, in Dorset, located within a sensitive area, including an AONB, Heritage Coast, Special Areas of Conservation, Special Protection Areas, Ramsar sites and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Sara was involved in the planning application processes, environmental design, landscape and visual impact assessment and was based on site during the implementation of the landscape contract. Following this, Sara led the Company’s involvement in the Point of Ayr Gas Terminal in North Wales, for Hamilton Oil, again in a sensitive coastal location. Sara was involved in the scheme design, leading the environmental design, particularly focused on minimising landscape effects through use of colour treatments and ecological mitigation using innovative hydrological and agricultural management. She worked on the scheme though the planning stages, public inquiry and was involved with implementation on-site.

Sara has worked extensively in the waste industry, on gravel extraction and landfill restoration schemes. This has included working for Dorset Waste Partnership leading the successful delivery of the Swanage Household Recycling Centre and the Bridport Waste Management Centre, both located in the Dorset AONB. The Bridport scheme has won a number of awards, including a RIBA South West Award and Civic Trust Commendation Award.

Sara’s considerable experience within multidisciplinary teams and on complex engineering projects has given her a pragmatic approach and comprehensive appreciation of the balances required to successfully achieve planning permission and deliver schemes on the ground.


  • BSc (Dual Hons), Dip LD, MA
  • Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI), IEMA Registered EIA Practitioner

Career History

  • Sara joined Nicholas Pearson Associates in 1987 has been an Associate Director since 1992. Sara has held various senior management roles in that time. Prior to this, Sara worked in private practice both in the UK and in Australia, and in the public sector at Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council and for the Department of Transport.

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01225 876990
07793 627435 


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