14 March 2016
LONDON - PBA Partner Cristina Howick has been chosen by Planning magazine as one of the most influential women in UK planning.
The list, published on Friday, highlights women in the planning sector who significantly shape or influence national, local, or regional planning policy in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland; or have a strong influence on planning across the UK. It includes Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, Environment Secretary Liz Truss, London Assembly planning committee chair Nicky Gavron and Sadie Morgan, Director of the HS2 Design Panel.
“I am honoured to be on this list alongside such a talented group of women,” said Cristina, who was singled out for her work on housing and employment – on which she has advised the UK and Welsh Governments and the Mayor of London, among others.
“Better planning on its own won’t solve the housing crisis, but it certainly can help. In our major cities (not just London), land is fast running out, and employment uses are being crowded out by residential development. Our role is to find creative solutions, so we identify more land in the right places, develop it more efficiently and build houses without destroying jobs.”
Cristina also works with leading house-builders, land promoters and local authorities on housing and employment needs, policy targets and spatial strategies that integrate housing, jobs and infrastructure.