Arjun joined HTA in 2019 as an Assistant Planner. His role is to provide assistance to the planning team at HTA for a range of projects to help guide proposals through the planning process and create high-quality, sustainable new places for people to live, work and play. He also manages work on feasibility studies for prospective development across the country and works to progress a number of large-scale, residential-led development projects alongside private developers and local authority regeneration teams.
Arjun was previously a Planning Officer within the Strategic Development Team at Wandsworth Council, focusing on a range of applications for development principally within the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area as well as around Clapham Junction and the Alton Estate. Arjun was also an Assistant Planner in the City Planning team within Transport for London. In this capacity, Arjun represented TfL when responding to application consultation from the western and central London boroughs as well as a number of pre-application meetings with the GLA.
During his time at Wandsworth Council, Arjun worked on a unique application to significantly intensify a waste operations facility. This required a great deal of collaborative work with internal and external consultants, including the Environment Agency, Lambeth Council and the GLA which resulted in a positive outcome for the proposal at Planning Committee. He also worked on a large number of applications which required engagement with local communities, from householder extensions to large office developments. At TfL, Arjun’s role took on a research element to assist in the proposals to pedestrianise Oxford Street. A major element of Arjun’s role here was to negotiate and secure contributions towards mitigating the transport-related impacts of development, a key achievement being helping to secure a multi-million-pound contribution to secure step-free access to a Zone 1 Underground station.
Arjun is currently involved in helping to prepare separate Development Briefs and Design Code Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) for two large brownfield sites in Bedford town centre. In partnership with the client, Bedford Borough Council, Arjun is part of a multi-disciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, transport consultants and engagement specialists to set out the planning and design framework for these challenging sites. It is anticipated that these SPDs will be taken through the adoption process in late 2020 and early 2021.
Arjun has assisted senior members of the planning team in preparing a planning application for a major mixed-use development in Southwark. He was been involved in engagement with the public and local resident groups who wanted to better understand the proposals, as well as attending a number of pre-application meetings with the Council to help refine the proposals to create great new places to live and work. He is now involved in helping to guide the application through to a positive determination.
His planning background and knowledge of the planning process has come in particularly helpful in working to gain planning permission for separate planning applications for new homes on four challenging sites in an iconic new town in West Lancashire, Skelmersdale. Arjun has engaged directly with Planning Officers, professional consultants, the client and architects in HTA’s Manchester officer during the course of determination to help secure recommendations for approval for proposals to build high-quality new homes which contribute to the character of the surrounding areas and provide much-needed affordable housing.
For the Lakes Estate in Milton Keynes, Arjun helped to prepare a hybrid planning application for the comprehensive redevelopment of a part of the estate, and the development of four associated infill sites and estate-wide environmental improvements. This is following a resident’s ballot in 2018 where residents voted overwhelmingly to redevelop the centre of the estate, and development the four infill sites which were allocated for new homes in the local Neighbourhood Plan. Arjun has worked with the design team to help make local residents’ development aspirations a reality, attended pre-application meetings with the Council and is now engaging with the Council as the application is determined.