- Will Cousins RIBA
- Julia Foster MRTPI
- Nick Freer MRTPI
- David Keene MRTPI
- Lawrence Revill MRTPI
- Heather Pugh MRTPI
- Joanne Cave MRTPI
- Simon Collier CMLI
- Robert Purton MRTPI
- Duncan Chadwick MRTPI
- Rob Coles RIBA
- Phil Copsey MRTPI
- Andrew Wintersgill MRTPI
- Matthew Lappin MRTPI
- Stephen Haines RIBA
- Andy Fisher MRTPI
- Simon Pugh
- David Lock CBE MRTPI
Will Cousins RIBA
My passion and vision is for a better environment in which people can live and I strive to achieve this in my role as Chairman at DLA. I have been involved in numerous town centre regeneration master plans and have over the last four years have been engaged in rural brownfield regeneration projects in Northern Ireland and the north Pennines, evolving innovative solutions and creating markets where none exist. I continue to lead a sub-regional strategy for North Northamptonshire for some 20,000 new homes with associated business, social, cultural and transport infrastructure.
I am a Director of DLA Australia Pty, a Director of DLA Architects Practice Limited and an active member of the TCPA Garden Cities and Suburbs Expert Group. I am a regular conference speaker on master planning. I am Chair of Milton Keynes Theatre and Company Gallery and a founder Board Member of the Nordic Urban Design Association (N.U.D.A.) which has been set up to promote Urban Design Best Practice in the Nordic Countries. I am Chair of David Lock Associates Nordic.
Julia Foster MRTPI
With nearly 25 years of consultancy experience, I have encountered and been engrossed in a very wide spectrum of planning and master planning work. Still, I am challenged on a near daily basis and remain driven by the desire to reinvent places in a way that enlightens and lifts the heart. The recurring theme is complexity and scale: my focus now is on managing large scale projects with a focus upon regeneration and invention of commercial opportunity.
I have prepared a number of innovative development and implementation frameworks including award winning strategies for the creation of a new town centre at Brierley Hill/Merry Hill and the transformation of the Renfrew Riverside in Glasgow. I have guided a number of projects through the system to realise flexible outline and detailed planning consents. I am well versed in strategic policy for and the master planning of town centres and the evolution and integration of the ‘out-of-town’ regional shopping centres, having advised clients (both public and private sector) in respect of six of the largest centres in the UK.
In 2014, having started at DLA (newly qualified) in 1992, I was delighted and honoured to be appointed as Managing Partner. I remain committed to and motivated by a growing project workload, but am now also relishing the task of supporting and ensuring that the fantastic team of professionals here at DLA can deliver for our clients with the passion, enthusiasm and success that has marked the first 25 years of our business endeavour.
Nick Freer MRTPI
Partner at DLA since 2003, I am actively engaged in all aspects of the planning process from initial policy formulation and visions to reserved matters approvals and implementation; I bring a commercially aware and creative approach to efficiently achieving client’s objectives within what can be an abstruse planning context.
My accomplishments embrace the planning and delivery of major, large scale housing and mixed use developments across the country – which include the new town of Cranbrook in Devon, a national exemplar of infrastructure-led delivery.
As an experienced expert witness, with a record of appeal success, my aim is to leave no stone unturned whether getting to the bottom of housing land supply, ensuring workable permissions or achieving robust policy frameworks.
David Keene MRTPI
When asked what I do the reply is always… Development Planner. My objective is to deliver quality development in sustainable locations where it will underpin economic development. The context can vary widely from a 6200 house sustainable urban extension at Rugby Radio Station, 160,000 m² mixed use scheme at Station Hill in Central Reading, a town centre strategy for Luton, the redevelopment of Speke Airfield in Liverpool, a factory extension to enable Rolls-Royce to build its new generation of jet engines in Derby or a new dealership for Mercedes-Benz in Manchester. Whether badged as urban regeneration or green field development these projects require a clear strategy set at their inception, a real commitment to team working together with the experience and stamina to navigate them through an increasingly complex planning system…that is what a development planner does.
Lawrence Revill MRTPI
I am experienced in the direction of large scale projects and project teams in the promotion of both regeneration and greenfield development from strategies to planning applications. I have appeared as an expert witness in a number of high profile Inquiries and Examinations. My skills in focussing on the key issues surrounding the delivery of high quality development smoothes the planning process and gives everyone involved – developers, politicians, their officers and members of the public – confidence in the quality of the thinking and the execution.
As well as directing several high profile projects in the UK I am at the forefront of DLA’s activities in South-East Asia and Australia; I am a director of DLA Australia Pty. and I led DLA’s recent projects in China. Prior to joining DLA I was Associate Director of Urban Planning at DEGW where I led regeneration and master planning projects in the UK and across Europe.
Heather Pugh MRTPI
The arc of expertise of Partners at DLA spans a spectrum from strategic planning to architecture, and I stand somewhere in the middle.
Being able to use my geographer’s background to identify strategic development potential and define locations for new growth, then drawing up planning strategies and helping to shape master plans for sustainable places is what makes me tick.
Developing a specialism in the planning and delivery of urban extensions means I take a creative approach to consultancy commissions, finding new ways through the planning system to make sure projects are grounded in best practice but also make a real contribution to meeting the requirements of growth that we need.
Joanne Cave MRTPI
As a qualified planner and urban designer I am able to work across the Company, and I manage a varied portfolio of projects ranging from large scale urban extensions, including the 4,000 dwelling expansion of Canterbury, to leading on the production of strategies for complex regeneration challenges, such as the Bradford City Plan. After 25 years of professional practice I am still motivated by the idea that new and necessary development can enhance rather than detract from the quality of life in our towns and cities. My combined skills allow me to focus on how, through the processes of planning, design and development, we can achieve better and more sustainable places, delivering great results for future users and for DLA’s clients.
Simon Collier CMLI
My ambition is to make good places.
As an urban designer and chartered landscape architect my work encompasses conceptual thinking and visioning for the largest scale strategic projects, site master plans and development frameworks, through to the production of design codes and detailing for implementation.
By approaching projects with an open mind and a lateral perspective, I can articulate complex design challenges into development proposals which aim to be creative, innovative and deliverable.
I joined DLA in 2000 but have worked in both the private and public sectors. I lead project teams but I also thrive on being able to remain hands-on as a designer.
Robert Purton MRTPI
I have been collaboratively preparing, coordinating, negotiating and determining development proposals for more than 25 years. My work ranges from the detailing of work to listed buildings, to delivering settlement extensions, urban mixed use brownfield regeneration schemes, energy from waste plants, strategic logistic parks and hospitals – for example the medical-led regeneration of Derby City Hospital and two hospitals at the former BBC Pebble Mill in Birmingham. These projects frequently include development plan promotional work, preparing briefs and codes. In my additional time, I am a panel advisor to the RTPI, DCLG and NIPA on emerging planning law issues and how these translate to private practice.
Duncan Chadwick MRTPI
I joined David Lock Associates in 2008 after 25 years in the public sector.
As a former head of service with Cherwell District Council, my expertise lies in development management, planning applications, appeals and leading on major projects such as East Kettering, one of the largest urban extensions in the UK with 5,500 dwellings.
Coaching other people to become leading planning consultants is an integral part of what I do and truly important to me; I have delivered training to councillors for the Planning Advisory Service, am currently acting as an RTPI APC Mentor and have links with leading planning schools being an External Examiner for Cardiff and Newcastle Universities.
Rob Coles RIBA
Despite being the ‘newest’ team member at DLA I bring with me over 30 years’ experience as an Architect in the mixed use and residential sector, and am still driven by a deep passion to find the very best design solution, be it master planning or house design, determined not to settle for just a ‘quick fix’.
I enjoy the challenge of place making, from the close study of site conditions to creating value for clients and strive to find sustainable solutions to create viable new communities, or life-giving interventions to revive existing settlements.
The interaction of house typologies and the master plan is an intriguing study to generate new ideas, which I’m currently pursuing in the context of garden suburbs for the 21st century and also Scandinavian design.
Phil Copsey MRTPI
As a town planner, my main motivation is to deliver sustainable development that creates places, not just buildings and spaces. Having started my career in local government, I joined DLA in 2001 bringing with me a detailed working knowledge of development management. I have extensive experience in the promotion of large and medium scale sustainable development proposals through the planning system in both brownfield and greenfield contexts from strategic policy and master planning through to negotiating deliverable planning permissions and detailed implementation. I also have a background in urban design and have led design policy projects including the production of Active Design on behalf of Sport England which remains at the leading edge of policy initiatives for the promotion of physical activity through the design and layout of development.
Andrew Wintersgill MRTPI
I very much share the aspirations of my colleagues to create special places in which people want to live, work and enjoy leisure; and which deliver the objectives of our clients.
The challenge of managing complex projects, including preparing planning applications for large scale developments which require the co-ordination of work by sizeable teams, is something I relish. I enjoy making the high-level case for a project through writing a Planning Statement or speaking at a Local Plan Examination just as much as I appreciate the opportunity to wrestle with the detail of draft chapters of an Environmental Statement or the minutiae of policies in an emerging Local Plan.
I bring to DLA a commitment to efficient and effective project management alongside a determination to work towards the best possible end product – special places that in no way disappoint.
Matthew Lappin MRTPI
With over twenty years’ experience as a town planner and urban designer I have advised many clients in diverse locations across the country. I strongly believe in the strength of collaborative working, jointly understanding the complexities and challenges facing the development industry. It is particularly rewarding to guide master plans and strategies that become firmly embedded within the planning system, ensuring proposals are viable and deliverable, whilst still meeting the aspirations of those living and working in a particular location. A proactive and ambitious approach to creative town planning and masterplanning is, I believe, the best way to achieve effective regeneration and accommodate necessary growth. It’s what I strive to realise through my contribution to the spectrum of projects that lie at the heart of what DLA is all about.
Stephen Haines RIBA
I’m energised by working collaboratively with the best teams, to help deliver the best results for our clients. Each project brings with it a range of challenges and opportunities and it’s unlocking the potential for each site which is always a strong motivator.
Since qualifying as a chartered architect and urban designer, I’ve accumulated over 20 years of development experience gaining valuable perspectives from working across the UK and abroad. I joined DLA in 2005 and in that time my work has spanned the full company spectrum from urban development through to greenfield; designing large scale master plans for urban extensions or new settlements, to developing ambitious and imaginative regeneration strategies for some of the UK’s major towns and cities.
I feel privileged to be involved with projects being delivered on the ground – whether it’s a new urban square, a new community building or indeed a new town – to see the positive impacts these can have on people’s lives.
Andy Fisher MRTPI
My enthusiasm for planning is driven by the creative process of making high quality and sustainable places. This is the driver for all of my work with DLA, from large scale mixed use developments and urban extensions, to city centre visioning and urban regeneration. By creating an imaginative, compelling and robust sense of where a place can go, we can work collaboratively to engage the structures, policy and processes to meet this ambition.
I have over 20 years’ experience of working as part of and leading multi-disciplinary teams. I am used to covering complex projects across a wide geographical area and have developed planning and regeneration projects from strategic sub-regional and regional strategy/policy, to site level master plans and design codes, produced sustainable housing and urban design strategies and Environmental Impact Assessment work. I have also successfully taken numerous projects through the planning process and into delivery on site. As well as being a member of the RTPI, I am an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism.
In my 25 years of consultancy experience I have developed a broad range of master planning skills and expertise. I lead design teams in producing a range of design outputs, including design charrettes, parameter plans and development framework plans, Design and Access Statements for large scale planning applications, and area-wide design frameworks, coding and site-specific design briefs for both regeneration and development proposals.
My fundamental motivation is to ‘deliver the vision’. Producing high quality deliverable master plans and frameworks is my core skill, but working with clients and wider consultant teams and communities to build quality places on the ground for people to live in and enjoy is what I am passionate about.
Notably, I have been involved since 1998 in the master planning and implementation of the southern expansion of Peterborough; 8000 dwellings at The Hamptons, and a further 5300 homes at Great Haddon.
Strategic Planning Advisor
David Lock CBE MRTPI
David Lock is Strategic Planning Adviser at David Lock Associates Limited (planners and urban designers in Milton Keynes and Melbourne, Australia), a consultancy he founded in 1988 and of which he was Chairman until 2013. He is Chairman of DLA Architects Practice Limited. He was Chief Planning Adviser (half time) to the Department of the Environment from 1994 to 1997; and a Visiting Professor at the University of Central England then Reading. He was a Trustee, then Chairman, and is now a Vice President of the Town and Country Planning Association. David is also President of the environmental education charity, City Discovery, in his home city of Milton Keynes. He was appointed CBE in 2007 for services to town and country planning. David is a Non-Executive Board Member of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation in North Kent, and Chair of its Planning Committee.