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tom venables

planning director

urban planner

With his focus on bringing new energy and life to existing urban areas along with planning well-served new communities, Tom has led the creation of a number of city-scale masterplans. He has also produced local plans and major planning applications and has considerable experience of working with communities and other stakeholders.

An urban planner with experience around the world including the UK and the Middle East, Tom is P+P’s Planning Director, leading our work around town planning, strategic planning and community engagement. .

His areas of particular expertise include translating masterplans and urban design proposals into planning documentation, design and access statements, design guidance and codes.

Tom is a trustee of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), is vice chair of its Planning Policy and Practice Committee and a past chair RTPI London.


recent projects include

Old Oak Masterplan, London

A significant and complex, 120-hectare, regeneration development scheme in west London has been triggered by the building of the high-speed rail line HS2. While at AECOM Tom led the multi-practice Masterplan consortium to develop masterplan and infrastructure principles for development.

Ebbsfleet Garden City, Kent

This is the first Garden City to be designated by UK government and when complete could provide up to 15,000 new homes within a 17 minute train ride to central London and two hours from Paris. Tom led  a multi-disciplinary team to produce a vision for the Garden City, masterplan and implementation framework.

Istanbul Urban Transformation Masterplan, Turkey

To accommodate the forecast growth of this city to more than 20 million people, Tom worked on a masterplan to identify new ways to deliver urban renewal and manage the rising population numbers.

Oxford - Milton Keynes - Cambridge Corridor: Housing and Infrastructure Delivery Study, UK

An area identified with huge potential for growth and development, this corridor includes two of the world’s most respected universities along with a burgeoning innovation and tech business community. Tom led this study for planning and delivery of growth in the CaMKOx Arc.

Royal Docks Enterprise Zone Delivery Plan, London, UK

To facilitate regeneration and transformation, Tom led the plan to identify, prioritise and set the detailed scope for numerous development projects in progress over the coming years.

Upton Park Masterplan and Planning Consent, Northampton, UK

This urban extension provided the opportunity to create an exemplary new and sustainable and well-connected community with modern homes and generous green space. Tom worked on the masterplan and outline planning consent.

Brent Cross Cricklewood Planning Consent, London, UK

To fulfill the ambitions of creating a new town centre, Tom supported the London Borough of Barnet with its outline planning application.

Jeddah Plans, Saudi Arabia

To accommodate population growth and improve the city’s long-term resilience, Tom helped to develop an urban policy framework, a sub-regional plan, a structure plan and local level area action plans for the Jeddah Municipality.

Lowestoft (Lake Lothing and Outer Harbour) Area Action Plan, Suffolk UK

In an area where the economy, including the local fishing industry, has been in steep decline, Tom worked on a framework to help stimulate and shape economic regeneration and redevelopment.