Katherine Keyes

URBAN PLANNER

Katherine is an Urban Planner at Prior + Partners, where she has been involved in projects focussing on UK and international spatial planning, town and city-scale masterplanning, and the development of long-term spatial visions. 

Previous to joining the P+P team, Katherine studied Urban Studies at McGill University followed by a recent master’s degree in Urban Design and City Planning at UCL. This followed experience in real estate marketing at a major developer in Vancouver, Canada.

Waltham Forest Character and Intensification Study, London

Katherine was a consultant on this project, contributing spatial analysis and planning research towards a borough-wide design-led study of growth and intensification opportunities. This study for LBWF is being prepared to support the Council in understanding the best way to optimise growth and intensification which responds to the current and developing character of the Borough. The Study will form part of the evidence base to inform the review of the borough’s existing Urban Design SPD and support a New Waltham Forest Local Plan. 

Aylesbury Garden Town Masterplan, Buckinghamshire

Katherine is providing research, spatial analysis and design support for the Aylesbury Garden Town masterplan. Prior + Partners were commissioned to undertake a comprehensive and cohesive master planning process for the newly identified Garden Town at Aylesbury. This work presents an opportunity to prepare a coordinated strategy which delivers on the Garden Town principles as advocated by the Town and County Planning Association (TCPA) through identifying Aylesbury’s key strengths and challenges and looking at how these can be turned into opportunities. A key aim will be to create sustainable communities by bridging the role new communities play between the existing communities of Aylesbury and the surrounding villages and countryside. The importance of taking a more integrated approach to delivering critical infrastructure throughout the town and sustaining current housing delivery rates will be recognised as well as achieving the delivery of a well-planned, sustainable town and thriving town centre for the garden town. 

Central Bedfordshire 2050, Bedfordshire

Katherine is contributing baseline and trend research, GIS analysis, stakeholder engagement and graphic design support for the development of a shared vision for Central Bedfordshire Council that is a statement of their aspirations for place, people, and economy. Central Bedfordshire’s strategic location at the heart of the Oxford – Cambridge Growth corridor will see not only new homes and population growth, but a significantly changing demography. It is therefore critical to understand the challenges and opportunities this creates and incorporate this into a strategic vision for the changing authority. This work will guide future strategy and policy developments and investment decisions by the Council and partners to enable a more effective delivery of integrated interventions that better service the current and future needs of residents, communities and businesses.

North Essex Garden Communities, Essex

Katherine is consulting on the engagement strategy and vision for two new garden communities. Prior + Partners are leading a wider consortium to advance the masterplanning and delivery of new communities at Colchester Braintree Borders and Colchester Tendring Borders. Combined, the two new communities could deliver up to approximately 34,000 new homes which rises to 43,000 with the inclusion of West of Braintree. Committing to an ‘infrastructure led’ approach, Prior + Partners will have an active role in determining how the developments are designed, planned, phased, and returning investment back into the local communities. 

AlUla Framework Plan and Guidelines, Saudi Arabia

Katherine is providing research, planning and design support for the development of a spatial and delivery strategy for AlUla, Saudi Arabia. Prior + Partners are commissioned as part of a wider consortium to produce a Framework Plan and associated planning guidelines for AlUla County, a 22,300km2 region in Saudi Arabia, for the period to 2035. The guiding principle is to capitalise upon the region’s unique cultural, heritage and natural assets and transform the county into a global tourism destination. This initiative reflects the ambitious commitment made in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 Plan to curate and foster tourism and leisure within the country. Sensitive and meticulous planning is required to achieve the delicate balance of preservation and growth. 

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