Urben Studio provides urban planning and development services, primarily development consent management for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and strategic spatial master planning.
We have been engaged on high profile infrastructure projects such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel project where we worked in a multi-consultant team to secure the Development Consent Order (DCO), and Crossrail where we had an advisory role to ensure that any necessary planning and heritage consents were obtained in accordance with the Crossrail Act (2008).
We have advised local planning authorities on their assessment of major applications for mixed use developments, and acted as planning consultant to the National Trust.
Internationally, we have contributed to Urban Planning Advisory Teams (UPATs) arranged by the International Society of City and Regional Planners. A 2015 UPAT to the Gaza Strip for UN Development Programme considered how to build back better, and in 2018 a UPAT to Bodø in Norway undertook a peer review of plans for a new airport and city.
An interest in making cities more productive and efficient places has also led to us undertaking research into urban agriculture and underground urbanism. Our research into the planning and design of the urban subsurface has been recognised by an award from the Royal College of Art and included in the Crossrail Learning Legacy programme, been presented at international conferences, and will soon culminate in a book titled Underground Urbanism.
We are experienced in providing the following services:
Development Consent Management including for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
- Pre-Application Advice
- Planning Application Preparation & Submission
- Stakeholder & Community Engagement
- Public Consultation
- Discharge of Planning Conditions
- Planning Policy & Guidance
- Spatial Strategies & Frameworks
Secured planning permission for Wood Street Walls Artist Studios.
Written representations for the National Trust.
Development Consent Order for Thames Tideway Tunnel.