Graham Stephens

Director | Town Planning, Masterplanning and Urban Design

I’m one of those people who realised the career path I wanted to follow from an early age. An interest in human geography nudged me towards Town Planning and I’ve never looked back. Writing appeal statements during University enabled me to understand, interpret and challenge planning policy positions and develop a skill set which promoted development and the tangible benefits it can bring to clients, a locality and society in general.

I’ve worked on a number of large scale projects, demonstrating the added value that a multi-disciplinary team working collaboratively and with common objectives can achieve. Securing the 9 baseline planning permissions that enabled the £350m Cheltenham based GCHQ project and leading Urban Capacity Study commissions for Council’s and developers has informed the approach I’ve tried hard to deliver at Stride Treglown.

A supporter of proactive project management, I’ve developed a Town Planning toolkit designed to identify, manage and mitigate risks and help shape “first time success” comprehensive and integrated planning submissions.

Leading masterplanning projects with a cumulative value approaching £2bn has enabled me to develop an integrated planning and masterplanning service offering. Being seconded to client’s Senior Management and/or Project Boards has enabled me to see opportunities to deliver client objectives in a coordinated fashion. As such, it’s been extremely rewarding to see our Masterplans being realised – invariably incorporating designs prepared by Stride Treglown architects.

Having had close links with the Royal Town Planning Institute for over 25 years, it was a very proud moment to be recognised as one of the National Town Planning Consultancy of the Year Finalists in the RTPI Awards for Planning excellence. I’ve not yet had a hole in one on the golf course (though I’m still trying) but I’d imagine the feeling would be similar.