Pete Badger

Associate Town Planner

Pete is a chartered town planner. He is skilled in advising people regarding the planning process, providing expert advice on planning permission, planning policy and the preparation of applications.

With a background in sustainability assessment, Pete is uniquely qualified to consider the wider implications of planning strategies on sustainability (and vice versa).

Pete also expertly manages our Bristol office allotments, so don’t be shocked to see him pushing a wheelbarrow around when you visit.

Pete, what is the current big trend in town planning?

Town Planning is constantly changing and there are a few hot topics at the moment. Ensuring ‘Biodiversity Net Gain’ is becoming a key focus nationally and locally, and talk of ‘Net Zero’ is starting to replace previous discussions around ‘Low Carbon’.

What are the key challenges that affect planning?

There has been a drive from central government to introduce new permitted development rights to reduce the number of developments requiring planning permission. However, those that do require an application often need to go through a planning process where a lot more background and detail needs to be provided before permission can be granted.

We are also seeing more local authorities struggling with peaks in their application workload, so anticipating delays to validation and determination of applications is becoming something of an art.

Who is your biggest career influence?

My original mentor at Stride Treglown, Andrew Renshaw. I learnt a lot at university, before I joined Stride Treglown, but Andrew helped me put theory into practice and taught me the value of communicating concisely to get the right message across, which is a skill very useful in life generally.

I have learnt to not just tell the client what they want to hear, but also what they need to know, even if it might not please them. It’s important to be frank and truthful and to get the right information to the right people at the right time.

And finally, what is your pet hate?

Rudeness. My belief is that efficiency and friendliness are not mutually exclusive. I work hard to build up a rapport with the people I work with, including planning officers, and I believe that a collaborative approach often pays long-term dividends, compared to a more adversarial alternative.

Industry Bodies:
  • Chartered Member of the Town Planning Institute Membership.
  • Qualified and licensed BREAAM Assessor and Accredited Professional.