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Promotions in The Urbanists team recognises professional development

Congratulations on your hard work! (L-R): Liam, Jamie, Clara, Paraic and Lauren.

Congratulations on your hard work! (L-R): Liam, Jamie, Clara, Paraic and Lauren.

It is really satisfying to share with you the good news that we have promoted some of our team members in recognition of their positive influence on the business.

Professional development and wellbeing are at the heart of our culture within The Urbanists. We are all motivated to be exceptionally good at what we do so that this translates to better quality outcomes for our clients and to making better places.

Several members of our team have made significant strides in their professional development and we feel that such progress and maturity warrants recognition in terms of their role within the business. We congratulate the following on their success:

  • Liam Hopkins is now an Associate Director

  • Lauren Phillips is now a Senior Associate

  • Jamie Donegan is now an Associate

  • Clara Koehler is now a Senior Urban Designer; and

  • Paraic McDevitt is now a Landscape Architect

These promotions demonstrate the importance of the personal commitment that Liam, Lauren, Jamie, Clara and Paraic have made to their own professional improvement and to The Urbanists. We hope that this not only inspires their colleagues but demonstrates to our clients that their projects are being looked after by committed, diligent and talented people.

We look forward to furthering the professional growth of all of our team in the future!


Pre-app consultation commences for 460 new homes

The pre-application consultation has commenced for masterplan at Cefn Yr Hendy on behalf of Talbot Green Developments Ltd.

The Urbanists Ltd are pleased to be leading the masterplanning and landscape design proposals for this proposed outline planning application for 460 homes in Cefn Yr Hendy working alongside WYG Planning Consultants and Vectos - Transport Planning Specialists.

Urbanists Solar appeal success

We are pleased to confirm that our appeal, for Afan Energy, against the refusal of planning permission for a 5.1MW solar array near Maesteg, has been allowed. 

The Urbanists were the planning consultant for the client and also prepared the Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment. We worked closely with John Campion as expert landscape witness for the appeal.

The key issues were the impact on the character and appearance of the landscape, impact on living conditions of local residents, and whether the benefits would be sufficient to outweigh any harm.  The Inspector found that the proposal would make a worthwhile contribution to national energy targets, that it would not adversely affect the amenity of neighbouring uses or occupiers, and that it would be of only minor detriment to the landscape.

Consent for farm diversification: a happy client

Just to prove that we also work in rural areas, we secured a planning consent this week for a client who wanted to diversify their family farm by introducing new development to support their leisure and tourism aspirations.

This is what our client had to say about our work:

"We've just received the planning decision and it's been approved in full! There are a couple of minor conditions that I was well aware of and cause no problems.

In the planning officers report, she clearly supports your landscape impact assessment without any question, which is certainly down to your accurate and detailed report. There was actually an objection by a member of the public, which cited landscape impact and this was dismissed by the officer exactly in line with your findings.

I'm really grateful for your efforts and incredibly professional approach to the LVIA; it was a great piece of work and undoubtably instrumental in achieving planning permission for our new business....and allowing us to keep the family farm going!

Thanks again - especially to James (O'Donnell) for climbing all over the mountain!

New Assistant Landscape Architect joins team

James O’Donnell has joined The Urbanists as an Assistant Landscape Architect.

James was previously employed by University of Nottingham’s estates department where he was part of the Space Resources Team. His role involved the management of University’s electronic drawing library and working closely with the development team to produce presentation material for the executive board. James will provide support and assistance to the landscape architectural commissions being overseen by Wendy Richards. James’ background as an architectural technician provides the team with enhanced capabilities for detailed design.

James O'Donnell