Bidwells’ Oxford-Cambridge Arc Planning team strengthens to support Oxfordshire growth story

Pictured: Nigel Hawkey
Nigel Hawkey

Leading strategic planner Nigel Hawkey joins property consultants Bidwells this week to spearhead its work in supporting the delivery of Oxfordshire’s ambitious growth strategy.

Oxfordshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership (OXLEP) recently launched a Local Industrial Strategy for the region that aims to double the county’s GVA to £46bn by 2040.

The Oxfordshire Growth Board – a joint committee of the six councils of Oxfordshire together with strategic partners – is also currently using £215m of central government funding to deliver up to 100,000 new homes by 2031.

Bidwells’ multidisciplinary team in Oxford is supporting landowners, property investors and developers – as well as strategic delivery partners across the Oxford to Cambridge Arc – to help meet these ambitious and ensure Oxfordshire leads this regional science and technology-driven economy.

Nigel joins as a Divisional Partner and will lead the 180-year-old firm’s planning team across the Oxford end of the Arc, focusing on strategic residential and mixed use / regeneration.

He said: “The region has ambitious targets to deliver but there is no doubt that central government sees our region as a trailblazer for the UK economy, meaning a step-change in delivery of jobs and housing.

“I’m thrilled to be joining a business that is so engaged in the development of this vitally important regional economy and look forward to bringing my local market knowledge to the team.”

The experienced strategic planner taken a leading role in many high profile projects, including Wembley regeneration, when Head of Planning at Quintain Estates, Gaydon Lighthorne Heath new settlement and Butlers Wharf in London before setting up his own consultancy in 2012. He is currently acting for IM Properties and Oxford’s Merton College on various strategic residential projects.

Head of Planning at Bidwells, Mike Derbyshire, said: “Nigel is an ideal fit for Bidwells. He knows the importance of homes and jobs to the overall growth story in the Arc and he understands our clients’ priorities.

“The Oxfordshire growth story is still in its opening chapters but it’s going to be about so much more than housing numbers. It’s about supporting our universities and science and technology businesses to ensure Oxfordshire’s knowledge economy leads the way in a reshaped UK economy.”

Bidwells made four New Year recruits and four senior promotions across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc to support its growing client base. The planning team also shot up Planning Magazine’s latest consultancy rankings – revealed at the end of last year – to become the 15th largest team of chartered planners in the UK.