Lauren Cook

Senior Associate Town Planner

Lauren’s primary focus is on the delivery side of planning, obtaining planning permissions for major new developments and managing the discharge of condition process.

Lauren is a senior associate town planner with a breadth of experience across a number of different project types. Lauren has strong experience of working in the residential and education sectors.

What is the current big trend in your sector?

Housing will always be the biggest challenge and developers unfairly have a bad reputation for not bringing forward enough housing to meet the demands. The housing crisis needs to be grappled with on a national scale, but it is our job as planners to make the process as smooth as possible for our clients.

What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?

The regeneration of the northern slopes in South Bristol. It was a truly collaborative project involving our architecture and landscape teams and it incorporated lots of public engagement. The project was the redevelopment of an old housing site that had been derelict for many years and rejuvenation of surrounding public open space. It was one where the community were really able to influence change within their area and I became totally immersed in it.

Why did you choose a career in planning?

I had an interest in geography so my teacher talked to me about town planning. It really seemed to suit what I was looking for. I wanted a focus in my career, I didn’t want to end up doing an open ended degree.

What is your favourite building?

My house. It’s not architecturally special, but it’s the place I feel most relaxed and it’s where my family are. My living and dining room is the family hub and that space to me is better than any other.

If you weren’t a town planner, what would you be?

I would definitely be a florist although I don’t think I would cope very well with the early morning market visits and the cold winter days!

Industry Bodies:
  • Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute