Independent UK town planning, regeneration and development consultancy Nexus Planning Ltd has been created out of global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan. The company’s name ‘Nexus’, which means a ‘connected series or group’, reflects the role of planners in supporting development in today’s complex planning and political environment.
Nexus Planning is founded on the principles of professional and creative excellence, client focus and integrated team delivery. This is reflected in the company’s planned commercial and operational philosophy which will see it providing consultancy advice and delivering strategies for clients through an innovative, transparent and integrated approach.
Current Broadway Malyan Director and Head of Planning Roger Tustain (pictured) will be Managing Director of the new business. The practice’s Director of Planning Adam Ross and Director and UK residential design expert Peter Crossley will join Roger on the board. Roger Tustain and Peter Crossley will remain main board Directors of Broadway Malyan.
They will lead a team of 20 professional planners and regeneration experts based in central London, Manchester and Weybridge, UK.
The team’s members boast diverse and rounded skills, expertise and experience across the town planning, regeneration and development sectors. Their recent achievements and successes have supported the Government’s latest planning initiatives, such as major free-standing settlements, cutting-edge neighbourhood planning projects and major town centre and area-wide regeneration schemes.
The move is part of the team’s commitment to further enhance its services to clients, which include leading corporate and commercial businesses, land and property developers, public authorities, landowners and national and local house-builders, as well as private individuals.
Nexus Planning will operate independently from parent company Broadway Malyan but both will work together in partnership with clients to support development in the context of the urbanism and ‘place making’ agenda.
Roger Tustain said: “Nexus Planning is a new platform for us to further enhance our well-established and successful planning and regeneration consultancy to clients. Independence will enable us to focus on developing a broader and deeper service offering across a wider range of sectors, while continuing to work alongside Broadway Malyan in the context of the Government’s housing growth agenda and town centre regeneration initiatives which require high levels of design expertise.”
Examples of the team’s recent work include a project to secure a major residential allocation on behalf of a developer, as part of the Thame neighbourhood plan in Oxfordshire and which was approved by 76% of the local community in May following a public referendum.
It attained a major strategic allocation for 3,500 dwellings as part of the emerging mid-Sussex Local Plan, involving a comprehensive consultation exercise with local stakeholders that will continue throughout the planning application and beyond.
The team also secured planning permission for a £80 million mixed use town centre regeneration scheme in Northwich, including a cinema, major food store and other uses, on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council.