Charles is Partner-in-Charge of participatory planning processes with communities and stakeholders from all backgrounds and sectors. He leads the Community Planning team
He led the Community Planning Weekend processes for a high-rise, residential-led development at Silvertown Way, part of London's Custom House and Canning Town Regeneration Area; for the regeneration of St Clements Hospital including London's first Community Land Trust; for Market Street, a new residential-led 'Urban Village' in Newbury town centre; for proposed urban extensions to Attleborough and Hethersett in Norfolk; Chesterton in Cirencester; and Land at Three Elms in Hereford. Charles also ran the award winning community engagement process to plan the new zero-carbon neighbourhood at Graylingwell Park, Chichester. He has worked with stakeholders to create new Visions for Purley and New Addington town centres for Croydon Council; developed, with residents, a new regeneration masterplan for a former council estate in Woking; created a new sustainable development framework and garden villages concept for a former coal mining community in the Barnsley Dearne Valley; and created a Visionary Charter and Strategic Development Framework for Cleethorpes.
Internationally, Charles has co-led a cooperative regional planning Charrette in Auroville, India; led community Charrettes as part of the Scottish Government's Charrette mainstreaming programme in Girvan, Wick and Thurso; led several Charrette processes in Sweden including at Fejan Island for the Swedish Defence Ministry; led an international multi-disciplinary team through Charrette processes to plan an eco-resort in Tanjung Ringitt, Indonesia, participated in the Culture Village Community Planning Weekend, China; and collaborated with Alta Consulting to run several community planning events in Iceland.
Charles has spoken at a range of international conferences and seminars including the Remaking Cities Congress in Pittsburgh and has contributed to a various publications, including 'Collaborative Planning for All', published by Civic Voice in 2015. In 2009 he travelled to San Diego to accept the International Association of Public Participation Project of the Year Award 2009 for Scarborough Renaissance. Charles is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism and a Built Environment Experts (BEE) for the Design Council / Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).