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Claudia Stephens, Planner at Urbanist Architecture

Claudia Stephens

BA(Hons) MSc
Planner

Education

MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies, The London School of Economics and Political Science
BA International Studies, American University School of International Service

Practice Areas

Planning permission
Green Belt
Conservation area
Listed buildings
Permitted development rights
New build housing

With a distinguished background in international relations, Claudia elevates our approach to the intricacies of the English planning system, providing a uniquely global and insightful perspective. Having transitioned to the planning domain, she's cultivated a profound understanding of the public realm, delving into the nuances of human-space interaction — a knowledge that has been indispensable in our more expansive projects.

Claudia's master's dissertation, entitled “Skate and Regenerate?: The Politics of Skateboarding, Public Space, and Urban Development in London”, reflects her depth of research and passion for urban spaces. Furthermore, her experience with prestigious placements has endowed her with a keen understanding of top-tier professional environments and standards.

At Urbanist Architecture, she harnesses her refined skills and extensive town planning expertise to precisely evaluate the development potential of new sites, including those in the green belt, and adeptly navigate the complexities to obtain planning approvals for challenging locations.

Her role also includes keeping lines of communication open with planning departments. That is something that has become increasingly difficult in recent years but Claudia embodies our determination to maintain the kind of open and productive relationships with councils that allow for constructive changes during planning applications.

In press

“ We at SWIM Enterprises CIC are thrilled with the successful outcome of our Certificate of Lawfulness application and the seamless experience of working with Selena and the rest of the team. The well-structured application process and the Urbanist Architecture team's expertise in addressing the intrinsic considerations of our project were instrumental. We look forward to more future collaborations and wish the UA team every success in their endeavours. ”

Rehan U. — London
Glass staircase with light and shadows reflected off it
Glass staircase with light and shadows reflected off it
For me, it all comes back to the user - the most beautiful building is still a failure if the experience of people who are going to live, work, and play there has not been considered.
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Planner
Claudia Stephens

BA(Hons) MSc
Planner

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Planner

Articles from Claudia

The latest news, updates and expert views for ambitious, high-achieving and purpose-driven homeowners and property entrepreneurs.

Articles from Claudia

The latest news, updates and expert views for ambitious, high-achieving and purpose-driven homeowners and property entrepreneurs.

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10% biodiversity net gain: Planning requirements for new homes [2024 Update]
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Levelling-up and Regeneration Act: Five key planning changes to be aware of
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How to get planning permission for equestrian land
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Planning permission for a replacement dwelling in Green Belt
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Extending buildings upwards: Permitted development rights for upward extensions [2024 update]
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Can I build an outdoor swimming pool without planning permission?
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How long does planning permission last? [2024 update]
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How long does it take to get planning permission? 8 or 13 weeks?
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How to get planning permission on agricultural land [2024 update]
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Upward extensions: Building flats on top of shops or offices without planning permission [2024 update]
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