Shontelle Williams

Assistant Planner

BA Social Policy and MSc Spatial Planning

Shontelle joined HTA’s award-winning planning team in December 2016. She has a diverse breadth of experience in urban regeneration, transport and environmental planning in both the public and private sectors. She began her career in an area based regeneration scheme in the London Borough of Lewisham, helping to ensure that the design responded to the key requirements of the local community. More recently, she has supported and advised local planning authorities on Local Plan making and has been heavily involved in helping the London Borough of Tower Hamlets understand the impact of large scale development projects on the local socio-economic needs of current and future communities. 

This experience has given her invaluable understanding around the complexities surrounding design, scheme viability and achieving the best social outcomes.  

Shontelle has a number of years’ experience working in the built environment.  She worked within a former area based regeneration scheme called the ‘New Deal for Communities’ in the London Borough of Lewisham where she led on the community consultation, design development and planning process for the part demolition, redevelopment and refurbishment of All Saints Church Community Centre in New Cross Gate.  Following a year out travelling Shontelle worked on the consultation process for HS2 and sustainable transport projects for Mouchel and Steer Davies Gleave while studying part time for her MSc in spatial Planning at The Bartlett, University College London.

In 2013 Shontelle received a First Class Honors degree in Spatial Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning (University College London) and was elected as a chartered member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (MRTPI) in June 2017.

Since joining HTA, Shontelle has worked with HTA architects to help develop and implement successful strategies to achieve planning consent across a variety of housing led schemes. Significant projects include a medium sized development at Lower Graylingwell in Chichester, West Sussex, where she provided planning and coordination support for a scheme includes affordable family sized units, new public park, restoration of a cricket pitch and pavilion.

Elsewhere, she has also provided planning support to the project team on a housing led scheme at the former Valentines Pub at Gants Hill, to redevelop the site for a housing led residential scheme, which includes 60% of the units as intermediate housing in the form of Discounted Market sale homes.

In her role as a Planner at HTA, shontelle has been working with HTA architects and Barnet Homes to secure planning consents across a number of brownfield and infill sites to deliver affordable social rents for residents across Barnet Council.  Barnet Homes is an arms-length management organisation for Barnet Council. They are currently assessing a number of sites owned by Barnet Council as part of a target to build over 500 new affordable homes by 2021, and have identified a number which are surplus to requirements. All of these sites are either under-utilised or vacant and as such are considered suitable for redevelopment to provide much needed affordable homes. Shontelle leads on the overall project management of the design team, identifying specialist input, leading on programme and the coordination.  She also plays a leading role on community consultation and engagement with local councillors. At present Shontelle is working on four schemes with Barnet which are proposing the delivery of between 8 and 38 homes across the Borough.

Shontelle is also currently working with Notting Hill Housing Association to deliver a reconfiguration to their property in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The scheme aims to address the limitations in the current configuration of several bedsits to deliver self-contained units that are safe, well designed and deliver a high quality homes.

Shontelle is also working a piece of research on behalf of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) to research and review the process in which brownfield sites are identified for development. Shontelle led on researching case studies, undertaking a desk based review of the local planning context and key housing delivery.  She also undertook the telephone interviewees with the case studies, to help inform the findings and recommendations as to how planning policy and procedures can be refined, such as the brownfield registers, to identify more and better brownfield sites for development

 Shontelle has a particular interest in how to improve the socio-economic and local amenity outcomes for current and future communities in regeneration projects. Outside of work, Shontelle enjoys exploring the city’s cultural offering and music festivals.  She also enjoys yoga, getting out of the city for walks in the countryside and attending her reading groups.