Vicky Payne

Vicky is a planner and urban designer interested in how core principles of urbanism can be supported through strategic spatial planning. She is motivated by the potential to bake in sustainability at a macro scale through well-considered plans. She has worked on strategic planning projects including the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, the Constellation Partnership and is currently working on a Low Carbon Town Centre Strategy for Barnsley.

At site level, her focus is on establishing strong design principles through codes and plot passports. This ensures high quality, sustainable development while allowing enough flexibility to respond to change. She has worked on diverse range of masterplanning projects including a modern Garden Village of 9000 homes and a mixed-use Innovation District at Keele University. She is currently working on a National Model Design Code Template for the UK alongside David Rudlin.

Vicky believes everyone should be able to participate in planning, and wants to explore how the industry can make this easier. She helps facilitate URBED’s Design for Change workshops, where attendees take a crash course in masterplanning before preparing plans and designs for their area. She has also been facilitating policy development workshops with residents of Whittlesey Parish as part of their Neighbourhood Plan.

She is a proud member of the RTPI and a passionate advocate for high quality planning and urban design in the UK. She tutors in masterplanning at the Manchester School of Architecture through the LULU Landscape and Urbanism Atelier, and has delivered lectures and workshops to university students from Manchester, Liverpool and New York. She has recently incorporated research alongside her consultancy work, partnering with Manchester School of Architecture on “Tales of the High Street” a two year Built Environment Fellowship project exploring the future of UK high streets.

She maintains a strong interest in current trends within the industry; writing articles, speaking at events and more recently appearing as a regular guest on a planning podcast. For the last three years she has run 4x4, a series of TED Talk style events about cities.

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Vicky Payne