Katy Neaves elected Chair of the Urban Design Group

Katy Neaves, Head of Visual Impact Assessment at independent planning consultancy Turley, has been elected Chair of the Urban Design Group.

The Urban Design Group, established in 1978, is a campaigning organisation with more than 1,200 members that care about the quality of life on our cities, towns and villages. It is committed to raising the profile of urban designers and promoting the value of urban design to the widest audience possible.

Katy has been a member of the Urban Design Group for over a decade and on its Executive Committee since 2010. During that time she has coordinated the young urban designer’s network, STREET, and most recently served as its Vice Chair leading the group’s work in education. She will hold the Chair for the next two years, replacing Paul Reynolds of Atkins.

Katy said:

“I am delighted to have been chosen by my peers to lead the Urban Design Group. Our members are drawn from many different disciplines including architecture, highways and civil engineering, conservation, landscape architecture, town planning and development and we all share one common passion – to raise standards in urban design and our built environment.

“Our members can obtain ‘Recognised Practitioner’ status and play a greater role in influencing policy, research and academia.”

“Over the next two years I will focus on strengthening our regional membership, educational and our younger members.”

As Head of Visual Impact Assessment at Turley Katy is responsible for examining and identifying the impact new development may have on the wider landscape or townscape. Working alongside colleagues from across Turley, Katy and her team provide:

  • Appraisals of landscape character and visual amenity;
  • Baseline landscape character and/or visual impact assessments to inform development proposals;
  • Standalone landscape character and/or visual impact assessments to support application proposals; and
  • Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments as part of Environmental Statements.

The team has advised on many large and high profile schemes including St Giles Circus-London, Westgate – Oxford, Victoria Square – Woking and London School of Economics and Political Science’s Global Centre for Social Science.