FEATURE Smith Jenkins Planning & Heritage

Expanding and planning a new focus on heritage

In what is proving to be one of the most exciting times in the firm’s history, Smith Jenkins Town Planning in Milton Keynes has opened a London office. In conjunction with the move into the capital, the firm has also introduced an in-house heritage team. Now rebranded as Smith Jenkins Planning & Heritage, the

consultancy is well placed to assist on all types of development projects in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and beyond. With a team of highly knowledgeable town planners, the firm has one of the largest development management focused teams in the region. The changes reflect the growth of the company, which was

launched in 2012, and has worked hard to build a reputation for excellence and become the go-to planning consultancy in Milton Keynes. Services offered include a full range of town planning services including planning appraisals and applications, community consultation and permitted development and prior approval matters. Recent projects have included the new combined school for Glebe Farm, Wavendon; Red Bull Racing Technology Campus, Tilbrook; advising landowners on South East Milton Keynes land allocation; and new drive-thru restaurants at Stadium MK.


Pictured above Smith Jenkins

Planning & Heritage Directors

Jennifer Smith -

Nick Jenkins -

Paul Crisp

Jennifer Smith, Director, said: “We’ve focused

very strongly on business development over the past 18 months, and remained very busy during the pandemic. Our clients include individuals, parish councils and the MK Development Partnership and our local knowledge has been key to our success. “The team has grown to 18 town planners.

This includes the introduction of the heritage team, which will be based in our new London office to support the growth of the business there, but which will also service clients nationwide.” The new team of three heritage specialists

will be headed up by Paul Crisp, who joins from Jones Lang LaSalle. The team’s role will be to advise on all aspects of a development that affect an area’s heritage. Whether that is listed buildings or conservation areas, it’s vitally important to understand the history of a site and ensure that heritage aspects are respected and where appropriate, introduced into a new project to reflect the past. “At the start of project we will go out and identify what buildings or areas we need to consider and how we can work with architects and planners to respond to heritage,” explained Paul.

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