Cristina Howick

Cristina Howick

Cristina Howick

Partner – Planning

  • London
  • 07885 236798

Cristina Howick

MA (Oxon), MSc (Econ)

Trained as an economist, Cristina joined PBA as a Partner in 2011, building on a lengthy career as a planning consultant. 

Based in PBA’s London office, Cristina’s recent work has specialised on housing need and housing targets. Her clients include leading house-builders such as Bloor and Barratt, land promoters such as Welbeck Strategic Land, local planning authorities and sub-regional partnerships. Cristina is the author of the Technical Advice Note on objectively assessed need and housing targets for the Planning Advisory Service (PAS).

Cristina’s other main areas of expertise include planning for the economy and employment. For developers and landowners, she has helped promote both new employment schemes and proposals to redevelop unwanted employment sites for other uses. For local authorities, she has directed over 40 employment land reviews. For regional bodies, the Mayor of London and the Welsh Government, she has provided strategic studies and policy advice.

Cristina holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford and an MSc (with distinction) in Urban and Regional Planning from the London School of Economics. She is an experienced expert witness and a frequent speaker or chair at professional conferences and events. In March 2016, Cristina was named by Planning magazine as one of the most influential women in UK planning. In March 2017, Cristina was named as one of The Planner's ‘Women of Influence 2017’.

Latest posts

Housing need: what can we learn from the new CLG proposals?

Housing need: what can we learn from the new CLG proposals?

We have been waiting since February for the standardised, simplified method promised in the housing White Paper.


Cristina Howick
West Midlands Land Commission report endorses PBA study

West Midlands Land Commission report endorses PBA study

The West Midlands Land Commission delivered its final report in February, drawing upon PBA's Strategic Housing Needs Study.


Cristina Howick, Partner – Planning
The housing white paper: a review

The housing white paper: a review

Does the white paper go far enough?


Cristina Howick, Partner – Planning
The housing white paper: a wish list

The housing white paper: a wish list

Cristina Howick sets out her wish list for the future of housing.


Cristina Howick, Partner – Planning