Catherine is an associate town planner based in Winchester who primarily leads planning projects in the South East region.
Catherine has significant experience in the preparation, submission and negotiation of planning applications. She has worked with clients across various sectors including large and small scale residential, leisure, healthcare, senior living, education as well as charitable institutions.
Why did you choose a career in planning?
My passion for planning has always been rooted in the interaction of people with places. I feel really fortunate to be involved with projects that improve the built and social environment. This has always been one of my core values and continues to underpin each project I work on.
What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
Whilst at ECA Architecture and Planning, I worked on a project with the RNLI to create a new floating boathouse in the Little Channel of Poole Quay. It was a very rewarding and worthwhile project which involved lots of engagement with the RNLI to understand how they respond to emergencies within Poole Harbour and the open water. The building is complete now and looks brilliant.
What are the key challenges that affect your sector, or are likely to in the next five years?
Biodiversity is the latest challenge emerging in Planning. Species are in decline and habitats are under pressure from development. We saw the emphasis on ‘valued landscapes’ emerge in the 2019 update of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The Environment Bill is expected to be brought in before the end of 2020. This will make ‘biodiversity gain of 10%’ a condition of planning permission, and something the Planning and Landscape team here at Stride Treglown are prepared for.
Interesting fact that nobody knows about you?
I’m currently training for the JLL Property Triathlon – it’ll be my first sprint triathlon. You can follow my progress on Instagram @tri_cathlon.
Shrugging – as my daughter will tell you!
Best building in your city?
WestQuay South in Southampton is a great example of city centre placemaking. I love the design of the building and how the public space interrelates with the historic city walls.
Best book you’ve read?
When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman. It’s a story of childhood and sibling love.
Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute