Julie Spence
BSc MArch

Julie is an Associate and Urban Designer at JTP with 15 years post qualification experience working on the early promotion, visioning and placemaking of urban extensions and garden communities through the planning process. She has extensive experience working on a range of projects from small scale sites through to large complex mixed-use masterplans taking projects from initial visioning through to outline planning applications.

These include a sustainable urban extension to Ware, Hertfordshire. The site was promoted through the local plan process, the team produced a Masterplan Framework illustrating the delivery of a residential-led, mixed-use development of up to 1,500 homes. The team worked closely with the local community to shape the new proposals through a Community Planning Event attended by over 700 local people. The Masterplan Framework was approved by East Herts Council in 2019.

Julie also worked on the Hybrid Planning Application for Abbey Barn Park at High Wycombe, for a new community of 550 new homes that respect and complement the strong existing landscape structure. The landscape-led proposal includes the retention and enhancement of The Ride – a lime tree avenue – and the creation of new parkland and greenways for community enjoyment and wildlife connectivity.

Julie led the team on the early stages of a Vision and Development Charter for Meecebrook Garden Community for Stafford Borough Council, facilitating site visits and stakeholder workshops as part of the visioning and placemaking process for the exciting new garden community opportunity. Additionally, she has worked for a number of years in the design team developing proposals for Chelmsford Garden Community, a community of 5,500 new homes structured as four villages set within a strong landscape framework. Julie was involved in the workshops and charrettes which were integral to the creation of the Development Framework Document approved by Chelmsford City Council in March 2023. She also was involved in the preparation of the first Outline Planning Application for 1,500 homes as the next stage of the new community.

Julie has also worked on Milton Keynes East (MKE), from early stage site promotion through the local plan process to the outline planning application for a mixed-use neighbourhood of 4,000 homes. MKE will strengthen the qualities that make Milton Keynes a special and unique place, with an abundance of green space structured by a landscape lattice and linear park along the River Ouzel. She worked on the site wide Design Code Framework and Detailed Design Code as the first phase of residential development is designed.

Julie has extensive experience working collaboratively as part of design teams which develop visionary masterplans, from concept to detailed stages. She also has detailed experience writing Vision Statements, Framework Documents and Design and Access Statements.

Julie brings her passion for landscape and wildlife conservation to JTP’s projects. She is keen to seek opportunities to integrate Nature Recovery Networks and Living Landscapes into JTP’s approach to masterplanning in collaboration with the Wildlife Trust, and is qualified as an approved Building with Nature Assessor. Julie uses her expertise to undertake evidence led assessments projects, helping to ensure that we achieve our stated aim of designing places that are demonstrably enriching to their setting, underpinning natures recovery and bringing nature closer to people.

Outside of the office Julie enjoys travelling, she is making her way around every country in Europe and is known for exploring dramatic and remote places off the beaten track.

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