Emma is an Associate and Urban Designer at JTP based in the Bristol Studio. She gained over 12 years of experience working on large strategic, landscape-led masterplans around the UK, most of which have a strong focus on Garden Village principles and embrace the Community Land Trust (CLT) model. She is responsible for the management of projects, seeing them through all stages of planning, from promoting sites through the Local Plan process, to Outline Planning, Design Coding and Reserved Matters Applications.
Notable projects include a new mixed-use neighbourhood of 635 homes at the former Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) site at Fort Halstead, Sevenoaks; 5,750 homes at Chilmington Green Garden Suburb in Ashford, Kent; and 380 homes at Little Chalfont Park, on a former golf course site in the Buckinghamshire’s Green Belt.
Emma has worked on numerous Design Codes at varying densities, including Channels Golf Course in Chelmsford; Manydown in Basingstoke; Weyside Urban Village, a brownfield site in Guildford; and worked closely with the city and county councils in Lancashire for the Main Street Design Code at Bailrigg Garden Village.
In 2021, Channels Phases 3 and 5 was awarded the Winner at the Housing Design Awards and was ‘Highly Commended’ with the judges praising the high-quality Design Code and Vision Document.
Emma was project lead for the Outline Planning Application and Design Code for up to 1,550 homes at Weyside Urban Village. The project gained permission in December 2021 and was selected as one of the government’s National Model Design Code (NMDC) pilot projects. The NMDC pilot process involved engaging with a local Community Review Panel, to understand the identity and local distinctiveness of the area. The key themes and outputs from the community workshops were embedded into a Community Design Code and fed back to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) through round table discussions and written reports.
In 2023, Weyside Urban Village won its category at the Planning Awards for Best Use of Publicly-Owned Land in Placemaking.
Within JTP, Emma has a key role in the practice’s auditing processes, as well as being involved in various working groups including Health and Wellbeing, Sustainability Champions, Design Codes and Community Planning. Emma is passionate about pushing the design and environmental quality of all her projects and ensuring that they are vibrant, robust and enable future innovations.