Roger Estop

Roger led urban design at Chelmsford City Council for 17 years, developing policy and guidance to support the local planning authority’s proactive role in making better places – enabling development, steering area regeneration, securing quality, working collaboratively with developers and communities. He appreciates how urban design works within the structures and strictures of plan-making and planning permissions. He has produced area action plans for Chelmsford City centre and North Chelmsford urban extension, masterplanning for Broomfield Hospital, Essex County Cricket ground and major sites, facilitated community-led plans and designed public realm projects. He led Chelmsford’s Beacon Council award for quality of the built environment, contributed enabling and design review for Inspire East and Essex Design Initiative. He plays a leading role in Changing Chelmsford – an experiment in civic initiative. For several years, he was ‘planning expert’ for Grand Designs magazine. He has a BA Hons in town planning from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, an MA in urban design from the University of Westminster. He is a member of the RTPI and a member of the Academy of Urbanism.