Charles is Partner-in-Charge of Collaborative Planning with communities and stakeholders from all backgrounds and sectors. He leads JTP's dedicated community planning team and since the Covid-19 emergency has devised and practised combinations of online engagement to run alongside more traditional forms of engagement to ensure that everyone is able to participate.
Charles is currently working with Guildford Borough Council to run one of the MHCLG Pilots which involves establishing a Community Review Panel to evaluate the application of the National Model Design Code to Weyside Urban Village. He is also working on a number of Garden Community projects including Bailrigg Garden Village in Lancaster, Chelmsford Garden Community and Village 1 at Gilston Park Estate, near Harlow.
In 2019 Charles was asked to lead the Vision for Liskeard Cattle Market Charrette for Cornwall Council, sponsored by MHCLG as part of their exemplar Charrette initiative. He also recently led The Nicholson Quarter community planning process for Areli Real Estate to create a new vision for Maidenhead town centre; the Vision for Kendal whole town Charrette for Kendal Futures and; the Vision for Tampere West+ city centre Vision e-charrette for Tampere City Council, Finland.
Other projects included the acclaimed stakeholder and community engagement process for the Central Winchester Regeneration project for Winchester City Council, developing a Supplementary Planning Document for this important city centre site which has now been formally adopted by the council. He also recently led the Community Planning Weekend processes for: Market Street, a new residential-led 'urban village' on a council-owned car park in Newbury town centre; the award-winning regeneration of St Clement's Hospital in Bow, including London's first Community Land Trust; a high-rise, residential-led urban quarter at Brunel Street Works, part of London's Custom House and Canning Town Regeneration Area; 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, and led an international multi-disciplinary team through Charrette processes to plan an eco-resort in Tanjung Ringitt, Indonesia.
Charles has recently written a book entitled '20/20 Visions: Collaborative Planning and Placemaking', published by RIBA Publishing was a finalist in the Urban Design Group Book Award 2019.
Charles is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism and a Design Council Expert (Specialist). He has spoken at a range of international conferences and seminars including The AoU Quality Life, Beautiful City conference in Hangzhou March 2018, The American Institute of Architects Conference in San Diego, 2018, the Remaking Cities Congress in Pittsburgh 2013 and has contributed to various publications, including drafting ‘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.