Vicky Payne

Vicky is Associate Principal in Planning and Urban Design. The core principles that guide her work are design quality, sustainability, and inclusivity. She is motivated by the potential to establish such principles at an early stage and at a macro scale through strategic spatial planning. She has worked on projects including the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, the Constellation Partnership, and a Low Carbon Town Centre Strategy for Barnsley.

At site level, her focus is on using design codes and plot passports to ensure high quality, sustainable development while allowing enough flexibility to ensure deliverability and resilience. She has worked on diverse range of masterplanning projects from a modern Garden Village of 9000 homes to a mixed-use Innovation District at Keele University.

This experience informed her 2020-2021 work developing a National Model Design Code for the UK with colleagues in collaboration with national government. She also incorporates research alongside her consultancy work and partnered 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.

Vicky believes everyone should be able to participate in the development process and does her best to make the industry more accessible and inclusive. She has facilitated URBED’s Design for Change workshops, where attendees take a crash course in masterplanning before preparing designs for their area, as well as run policy development workshops with residents of Whittlesey Parish for their Neighbourhood Plan. Her university teaching experience has allowed her to support a new generation of practitioners to embed strong principles into their work.

She is a proud member of the RTPI and a passionate advocate for high quality planning and urban design in the UK. In 2021 she and a group of built environment practitioners in the north founded Common Good. The organisation aims to encourage positive discourse on design and development in the north through inclusive, free events.

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Vicky Payne