Catherine is a Chartered Town Planner based in Winchester who primarily (but not exclusively) leads planning projects in the South/South East.
The main focus of her role is to coordinate and draft the planning inputs into projects and to manage planning applications. This might also involve organising and leading public consultation events. She also supports our wider planning and architecture teams in Winchester, offering more general planning support and drafting tender responses.
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 as a result of species decline and habitats being 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 will make a Biodiversity Gain of 10% a condition of planning permission. It’s something the Planning and Landscape teams here at Stride Treglown are prepared for.
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.
Interesting fact that nobody knows about you?
I can usually be found in my art studio painting with watercolour or creating something.
What is your proudest moment?
In October 2020, I participated with Stride Treglown colleagues in #StepTober raising money for Landaid. We had an incredible team of women. I ran my first 10km, clocked over 2k steps and the team came 3rd within our industry group! Huge achievement and we had loads of fun taking part (virtually) together.
Best building in your city?
The WestQuay South development has been the best new building to emerge in Southampton. I love the design of the building and the way it has opened up the space that interrelates with the city walls, and given this history a new life.
Shrugging (as my daughter will tell you), apathy and wrong use of commas.
What advice would you give your 20 year old self?
- Keep working hard and doing what you enjoy.
- Don’t expect progress to happen quickly but it will happen.
- Take advantage of the opportunities presented to you for new experiences.
- Dance more, drink less!
- Avoid timewasters.
Best book you’ve read?
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. An absolute flawless read about regret, the paths we choose and what is most important in life.
Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (2008)