Natalya Palit

Senior Planner, MRTPI

MArch Architecture & Town Planning | BA (Hons) Architecture

Natalya has been part of the award-winning planning team at HTA since 2015. She provides robust and pragmatic planning advice for residential and mixed-use schemes, to navigate schemes through the planning process. Her rigorous, detail-orientated approach ensures clients can be sure they are in safe hands and their projects will be guided to successful outcomes.

Natalya is currently leading numerous projects across Harrow, Enfield, Bromley, Southwark, Epping and Milton Keynes. She is working closely with a range of clients ranging from private developers, local authority regeneration teams, housing associations. Projects she is currently working on include the mixed-use redevelopment of an existing industrial warehouse in Southwark, two strategic Estate Regeneration schemes in Bromley for a national Housing Association, a large scale Estate Regeneration Project in Milton Keynes, as well as a rural Green Belt site in Epping.

While at HTA she has been the lead planning consultant on a number of award-winning schemes including Enfield Council’s Small Sites Programme, which won RTPI’s Planning Excellence to Deliver Housing award in 2018. She also led the planning process for the Estate Regeneration of the Andover Estate for Islington Council which is shortlisted for ‘Planning Permission of the Year, 2018’ at the Planning Awards.

Natalya’s experience of post-planning work means she can proactively address considerations that may be raised by LPAs from an early stage which ensures schemes can be delivered efficiently.

Prior to joining HTA Design Natalya worked in Planning Policy at Brentwood Borough Council, where she assisted preparation of the new Local Plan, focusing on the challenge of balancing housing delivery and protecting the Green Belt. Part of this role entailed cross-boundary working with Basildon Council on an innovative Garden Suburb to address housing delivery.

In addition to her planning expertise Natalya also has experience across architecture and community engagement. Natalya’s career began as an architectural assistant in award-winning practice ‘Morphogenesis’ in New Delhi, working on a variety of projects, including schools, private residences, and mixed-use developments. Following this, she worked in a small architecture practice in Essex where she designed bespoke small scale residential projects. She has also previously worked at make:good, where she was involved in the community engagement for projects of varying scales.

Her architectural background means she is well-positioned to critique and advocate for how high density schemes can achieve high quality living environments through innovative design, whilst also optimising the housing potential of sites.

Natalya has a particular interest in how community-led development can play a role in creating places and delivering housing, and is interested in how planning practitioners and policymakers can effectively work together to enhance planning outcomes.

Outside of work Natalya can be found exploring new parts of London on her bike and is currently training to ride 100 miles in July.


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