Richard Cowell, MRTPI
Planning and Regeneration Department, Birmingham City Council
Assistant Director Development
Richard joined Birmingham City Council’s Planning and Regeneration Department in 2008. He currently heads up a number of multi–disciplinary teams leading on a range of development, planning and regeneration initiatives, with a primary focus on the city centre.
One of his first projects with the department was the production of the City’s strategic city centre masterplan, the Big City Plan, which was launched in September 2010. The Big City Plan is one of the most ambitious and far-reaching city development projects in the UK and is seeing billions of pounds of investment in both infrastructure and major new development schemes.
Following the launch of the Big City Plan Richard led the work to secure the city centre Enterprise Zone and the publication of the first Enterprise Zone Investment Plan (2012). This investment is enabling an extension of the Midland Metro Tram network, public realm improvements and key development schemes to proceed.
As the City continues to experience a major economic renaissance the focus for Richard remains the implementation of the strategic vision of the Big City Plan and key initiatives to drive growth across Birmingham. This includes Birmingham Smithfield, which will see the redevelopment of a 14ha site in the heart of the city centre; and the Curzon HS2 Growth Strategy, which has secured an extension of the Enterprise Zone and over £700 million of infrastructure investment targeted at maximising growth around the city centre High Speed 2 (HS2) terminus station.