Natalya Palit

Planner, MRTPI

MArch Architecture & Town Planning | BA (Hons) Architecture

Natalya joined the award-winning planning team at HTA in August 2015. She provides planning advice on the implications of planning policy and legislation, for residential and mixed-use schemes, to assist clients navigate their schemes through the development process. Natalya has a breadth of experience spanning planning, architecture and community engagement, with qualifications in both Architecture and Town Planning. Her architectural background means she is wellpositioned to critique and advocate for how the design of high density residential schemes can achieve high quality living environments.

Natalya is currently involved in a number of projects across London including in Enfield, Islington, Bromley and Southwark. She is working with the regeneration teams for a number of local authority clients, and housing associations. She is leading the planning advice on the mixed use redevelopment of an existing industrial warehouse for Southwark’s regeneration team, close to Burgess Park. She is also providing planning advice for two strategic Estate Regeneration schemes in Bromley for a Housing Association. She also is involved in a range of post-planning work to enable schemes to be delivered efficiently. She also leads on a range of non-project related activities to contribute to wider team and practice objectives.

Prior to joining HTA Design Natalya gained first-hand experience of the processes of Local Authority Planning, as a Policy Planner at Brentwood Borough Council. She was involved with developing the emerging Local Plan, which was primarily concerned with the challenge of balancing housing need and protecting the Green Belt. Part of this role entailed developing proposals for a new and innovative crossboundary Garden Suburb with Basildon Council. She has also previously worked at make:good, leading the community engagement for London Borough of Brent to develop a public realm improvement scheme for Kingsbury High Street.

Natalya began her career working as an architectural assistant in the awardwinning multi-disciplinary practice ‘Morphogenesis’ in New Delhi, on a variety of projects, including schools, residences, and mixed-use developments. Following this, she worked in a small architecture practice in Essex where she designed bespoke small scale residential projects.

Natalya has a particular interest in how community-led development can play a role in creating places and delivering housing, and is interested in the conflict and tension between ‘bottom-up’ schemes and strategic ‘top-down’ policy. Outside of work Natalya can be found exploring new parts of London on her bike and testing out new baking recipes to counteract the health benefits of cycling!