Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners

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Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners
Industry Town Planning
Founded 1962
Headquarters Regent's Wharf, London, UK
Key people
Dr Malcolm Hockaday, Chairman
James Fennell, Managing Director
Products Planning Design Economics
Number of employees
148 (June 2010)

Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners (NLP) is an independent British town planning consultancy originally founded in 1962 to provide specialist advice on all aspects of the planning process. It is the oldest and one of the UK’s largest independent firms specialising in development planning[citation needed].

The firm has advised on The London Eye and Wembley Stadium. It is listed by the Best Companies Guide and achieved a Best Companies Index (BCI) Score of 698 in 2009.[1]


The business was established by Professor Nathaniel Lichfield as Nathaniel Lichfield Associates in 1962.[2] During the 1960s it was involved in the development planning of both Milton Keynes and Peterborough, in the late 1960s.[2]

The Company is entirely owned by an Employee Benefit Trust.


NLP has five UK offices: London, Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff and most recently Leeds. The practice employs over 165 staff in various disciplines including planning consultants, urban designers, masterplanners, heritage specialists and economics consultants.

Major projects[edit]

Government Review of Permitted Development Rights

The company carried out a 12 month research study[when?] for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to review the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) and the operation of permitted development rights in practice.[3][not in citation given]

Housing Options for the West Midlands (2008)

The company was appointed by Government Office for the West Midlands to prepare housing options for the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) in light of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit (NHPAU) Report.[4]

The study outlined that the West Midlands could potentially see 80,000 additional housing units built by 2026 above a previously-announced target of 365,600, bringing the total to 445,600,[5] While attempting to maximisise sustainable housing delivery in the options examined, this target was viewed by some lobbying organisations such as the Campaign to Protect Rural England as unrealistic.[6]

National Stadium - Wembley

In 1995 the company was appointed by the Sports Council as one of the consultants evaluating the five National Stadium bids from Wembley, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Sheffield. The stadium opened in March 2007.[7]

The London Eye

The company assisted the operators of the London Eye, the Tussauds Group, in obtaining planning and listed building consent to alter the Wheel on the South Bank of the Thames, and prepared planning and listed building consent applications for the permanent retention of the attraction on behalf of the London Eye Company.[8]

Conservation Area Statements

The company has produced a draft Conservation Area Statements on behalf of the London Borough of Camden for a number of Conservation Areas.[9]

Research Study of Conservation Area Advisory Committees

The company carried out a study for the London Borough of Haringey examining the operation of various Conservation Area Advisory Committees (CAACs) in the Borough, and elsewhere .[10][not in citation given]

Other Heritage and Conservation Projects[edit]

NLP has also been involved with:


London City Airport

NLP advised London City Airport on planning and economic matters from its original construction in 1986, through its expansion to accommodate jet aircraft in 1991, its doubling of air traffic movements in 1996 and substantial air-side improvements in 2001. Planning permission was achieved for each of these developments.[11][not in citation given]


Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners is an RTPI Learning Partner, and was shortlisted for the RTPI's Planning Consultancy of the Year Award 2009[12] , which the company won in 2012, 2013 and 2014.[13]


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