Case Studies

Westminster Housing and Regeneration

Chris Cobbold has undertaken a wide range of assignments for the City of Westminster over the past decade.  He undertook a major futures study for the City early in the new millennium as part of informing strategic thinking for the future.  Analysis undertaken by Chris and his team underpinned the development of the Council’s neighbourhood regeneration strategy.  Chris has also advised the Council on the provision of affordable housing, particularly intermediate rent housing; and worked with the Council on the development of its affordable housing policies.

Chris undertook a range of studies that fed into the thinking of the Westminster Housing Commission, chaired by Lord Richard Best.

South Hampshire

South HampshireChris has worked continuously over the past decade in South Hampshire on a wide variety of studies including the development of a economic development strategy for Portsmouth and SE Hampshire; the South Hampshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment; the 2010 refresh of the South Hampshire Economic Strategy; numerous project appraisal on development projects; and on the New Community North of Fareham.

Winchester City and District

WinchesterFor over 7 years Chris Cobbold and colleagues have worked with Winchester City Council to support the development of the strategic plan for the District. Chris Cobbold led work on the Strategic Housing Market Assessment, updates to Employment Land Studies and Housing Needs Assessment; and supported the Council at their Core Strategy Examination in public.

Discovery Park, Sandwich, Kent

Discovery ParkEarly in 2011 Pfizer announced the closure of its R&D campus in Sandwich, Kent. The government set up a Task Force to identify actions to address the economic and social challenges this would throw up. Chris Cobbold led the team that assessed the overall economic impact of the closure, developed a new economic strategy for East Kent, and supported the successful bid for designation of Discovery Park as an Enterprise Zone.

Milton Keynes Long Term Economic Vision

Milton-KeynesIn 2004 Chris Cobbold directed a major study examining the future of Milton Keynes. Working closely with civic and business leaders, the team developed a shared vision for the city that has stood the test of time. The team reviewed the vision in 2009. With minor adjustment the original vision was endorsed. The partners continue to work towards the goal of Milton Keynes being a major international city in the 2030s. Progress has been achieved in delivering all five of the transformational projects identified in the strategy.

Margate Housing Regeneration

Margate West Cliftonville is one of the most deprived areas in South East England.  The vast majority of the homes are owned by benefit landlords.  Working with Kent County Council, Thanet District Council and the HCA, Chris Cobbold developed a strategy for intervention that does not depend on large scale grant funding.  The strategy is now being implemented as the Live Margate Initiative.